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It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

 -  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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Mary O'Connor
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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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19 April 1947 (USA)  »

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Abenteuer in der 5. Straße  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In 1910, Victor Moore starred in George M. Cohan's "Forty Five Minutes From Broadway" in which the song "Mary Is A Grand Old Name" made it's debut. This song is used several times in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Once the two families and the dog moved into the house the nightly guards weren't mentioned again until they showed up again on Christmas eve, toward the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Jim Bullock: Call your cossacks!
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Remade as Lux Video Theatre: It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) See more »

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It's a Wonderful Wonderful Feeling
Lyrics and Music by Harry Revel
Vocals by The King's Men
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The secret is out. My favorite Christmas movie is now becoming a legend like "It's a Wonderful Life"
14 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Yes, I dare to compare this wonderful, obscure little movie to It's A Wonderful Life!They came out a year a part and both were initially lost in obscurity. A Wonder Life was made at a big time studio (RKO), with a hallmark cast and a director that had several Oscars to his name already. It arose from the RKO vaults in the early 70's and has been shown every Christmas since then. This film actually fell out of copyright in 1976 and then as public domain, was picked up by Republic and put out on VHS about the time that Ted Turner bought the RKO Film Library from General Tire. It Happened on 5th Avenue was made a year (1947)later by a poverty row studio, Monogram (Allied Artists) with a shoe string budget and a venerable director by the name of Roy Del Ruth, from the silent screen days and actors that for the most part ( besides Victor Moore and Charles Ruggles and Ann Harding) had just started acting within a 5-6 year period. The plot was far from ingenious and the storyline was almost comical. What came out was a film that tugged at your heart strings with emotion and sentiment.It has my vote for the all time favorite Christmas film. I am lucky enough to have an original 16mm film copy and a VHS tape of the film. There were few negatives struck of the film for cost reasons so not many positives are in circulation today. I got mine from a TV studio film package I purchased in the early 70's from a Tampa Florida TV station. The copyright was never renewed as in It's a Wonderful Life so any prints out there are public domain. I would love to put out a DVD and let a new generation enjoy this little gem as much as mine has. Remember the line, A man without friends is the most serious form of poverty. That line was a great quote in the film and stands truer today than ever.


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