It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  19 April 1947 (USA)
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A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.



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Cast overview:
Don DeFore ...
Jim Bullock
Ann Harding ...
Mary O'Connor
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor
Victor Moore ...
Aloysius T. McKeever
Trudy O'Connor
Edward Brophy ...
Gates Patrolman Cecil Felton
Whitey Temple
Dorothea Kent ...
Margie Temple
Edward Ryan ...
Hank (as Edward Ryan Jr.)
Cathy Carter ...


A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

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Release Date:

19 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sucedió en la Quinta Avenida  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story was originally optioned by Frank Capra's Liberty Films in 1945, and announced as the company's first production. Later that year, producer-director Roy Del Ruth acquired the story. See more »


Mike carries the telephone into the walk in freezer and closes the air-tight door, which would have cut the phone cord. See more »


Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: [Last Lines] Mary.
Mary O'Connor: Yes, Mike?
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: Remind me to nail up the board in the back fence. He's coming through the front door next winter.
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Remade as Lux Video Theatre: It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) See more »


Speak - My Heart
Lyrics and Music by Harry Revel
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My favorite movie of all time
29 November 2003 | by (Fort Myers, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the early 1970's channel 44 in Tampa would play this movie on Christmas day every year. It became a tradition with me to watch it. I soon fell in love with the movie. When I moved to Ft. Myers I went through withdrawal, not being able to get 44. One year WTBS played it and, since I had by then purchased a VCR, I taped it. Unfortunately my VCR was not working properly and my copy is very poor and getting poorer each year. Each year I scan the TV listings, hoping against hope, that some station will run it. Each year I am disappointed. I am planning to burn a DVD from my tape, but what I wouldn't give for a good copy. Now that I have cried on everyone's shoulder, let me talk about why this is my favorite all time movie. The movie was made in 1947 and captures a slice of American history that is unknown to most of us alive today. It shows a view of the hardships faced by ex-GI's in obtaining housing and employment after WW II, this surprises most of us. The movie has everything, comedy, drama, romance, philosophy, sub-plots,a feel good ending, you name it. The message of the movie is that people are more important than possessions, it puts Christ's words of "what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul" more effectively than any sermon I have ever heard. This and the humorous, yet poignant interplay between the characters makes it an even better Christmas movie than It's a Wonderful Life. I have indoctrinated my wife and kids to the merits of this movie, and they enjoy seeing it almost as much as I do. I understand that the movie is in public domain, if anyone has a good copy I would be thrilled to purchase a copy of it from you.

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