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It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 19 April 1947 (USA)
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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Jim Bullock
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Mary O'Connor
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Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor
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Aloysius T. McKeever
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Trudy O'Connor
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Farrow
Edward Brophy ...
Gates Patrolman Cecil Felton
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Whitey Temple
Dorothea Kent ...
Margie Temple
Edward Ryan ...
Hank (as Edward Ryan Jr.)
Cathy Carter ...
Alice
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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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Comedy | Music | Romance

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19 April 1947 (USA)  »

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Sucedió en la Quinta Avenida  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 19, 1947 with Victor Moore, Don DeFore, Charles Ruggles and Gale Storm reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

Don Defore (Jim) calls Gale Storm "Margie" in one scene instead of "cookie". She was the lead in the "My Little Margie" sit-com in the early 1950's. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Temple: [walks into O'Connor's bedroom] Can I get in bed with you?
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: No! Go get in bed with your father.
Jackie Temple: I can't.
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: Why not?
Jackie Temple: 'Cause he's in bed with my mother.
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Remade as Lux Video Theatre: It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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[Sung by wordless chorus as the characters are saying goodbye at the end]
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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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