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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.)
Cathy Carter ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

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

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

Aloysius T. McKeever: You'll find plenty of vacancies if you boys just use your heads. That came out sounding a little different from the way I meant it.
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That's What Christmas Means to Me
Lyrics and Music by Harry Revel
Performed by Gale Storm, Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, Alan Hale Jr., Dorothea Kent, Edward Ryan and Cathy Carter
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This charming delight now on DVD
28 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In 1946 Monogram Pictures decided to upgrade their image by creating a new bigger budget style of film and presenting them by new in-house section ALLIED ARTISTS..... and this delicious humane film was their second big budget outing. IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE has been mostly lost to TV and cinema goers for over 40 years and now it is available on WB label DVD.... The first Allied Artisis film was BLACK GOLD which also wonderfully humane and kind shows what a focus on viable films they embarked upon. IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE is a very funny and witty and ultimately wise family comedy about how a group of genuinely homeless people (in every sense of the word) re discover their home and family. As a Christmas movie it is terrific...and there are some hilarious sequences, notably an old tailor who delivers an uproarious monologue about moths and a waiter in a restaurant trying to set a table from wobbling (while Ted FioRito plays the violin). With a perfect cast for each role and the $1.4m budget resulting spectacularly well decorated and very elaborate sets, this Monogram-Allied Artists film must have been a box office bonanza. Other films they made in this period that reflected their new image are THE GANGSTER and SUSPENSE both equally compelling, well made and worth a DVD release soon.... what a find IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE is and presented in a spotless gleaming DVD. I really applaud WB for releasing this charming humane and delicious film. Nominated for an Oscar for script, it should have also been nominated for Victor Moore's wry turn as the hilarious hobo who secretly babysits mansions while their owners go to another house for their holiday. Gale Storm is gorgeous and her clothes - as are all the qualities of this well made film - peppered with Blake Edwards' added sight gags - are A grade.


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