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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
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Gates Patrolman Cecil Felton
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Whitey Temple
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Margie Temple
Edward Ryan ...
Hank (as Edward Ryan Jr.)
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Alice
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Every winter, Michael J. O'Connor, the second richest man in the world, leaves his 5th Avenue mansion for warmer climes. Every winter, Aloysius T. McKeever, homeless man, moves into the 5th Avenue mansion. This particular winter, McKeever meets Jim Bullock, an army veteran who has recently been evicted from his apartment and offers to share the mansion with him. It's not long before the mansion has a few more guests, including: Jim's army buddies and their wives and children; runaway heiress Trudy; and even Michael J. O'Connor, himself. Written by L. Hamre

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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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The first production of Allied Artists Pictures, the "A" picture division of Monogram Pictures. The film went thirty percent over budget. See more »

Goofs

Jim's picture in the newspaper during the eviction shows him handcuffed to his bed against the background of his apartment wall. There were no photographers in the eviction scene, just movers who picked up the bed and carried him out of the building. See more »

Quotes

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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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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