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Everett Freeman (screen play)
Vick Knight (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
19 April 1947 (USA) See more »
It's Happer Than Heaven ... the Hit of '47! See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Don DeFore ... Jim Bullock
Ann Harding ... Mary O'Connor

Charles Ruggles ... Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor
Victor Moore ... Aloysius T. McKeever

Gale Storm ... Trudy O'Connor

Grant Mitchell ... Farrow
Edward Brophy ... Gates Patrolman Cecil Felton

Alan Hale Jr. ... Whitey Temple
Dorothea Kent ... Margie Temple
Edward Ryan ... Hank (as Edward Ryan Jr.)
Cathy Carter ... Alice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Andren ... Secretary (uncredited)
Johnny Arthur ... Apartment Manager (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Miss Parker, Head Mistress (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Musician (uncredited)
George Blagoi ... Executive (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Man Tossing Pudding (uncredited)
John Breen ... Man Tossing Pudding (uncredited)
James Cardwell ... Young Man (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Phillips (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Joe, the Chauffeur (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Executive (uncredited)
Al Fenney ... Executive (uncredited)
James Flavin ... First Policeman (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Policeman in Park (uncredited)
Jack George ... Executive (uncredited)
Pat Goldin ... Waiter (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Harper (uncredited)
Arthur Hohl ... Brady - Gates Patrolman (uncredited)
Bert Howard ... Executive (uncredited)
Major Kieffer ... Executive (uncredited)
William Kline ... Executive (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Landlord (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Executive (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Woman in Chauffeured Car (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Foreman of Movers (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ... Tour Bus Spieler (uncredited)
David Martell ... Executive (uncredited)
Rowland McCracken ... Executive (uncredited)
George Meader ... Music Store Manager (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Executive (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Man Tossing Pudding (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Executive (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Detective (uncredited)
Abe Reynolds ... Finkelhoff - the Tailor (uncredited)
Linda Lee Solomon ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Farrow's Associate (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Man wearing Second Hand Clothing Advertising Sign (uncredited)
Anthony Sydes ... Jackie Temple (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Executive (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Musician (uncredited)
Al Winters ... Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
Writing credits
Everett Freeman (screen play)

Vick Knight (additional dialogue)

Herbert Clyde Lewis (original story) and
Frederick Stephani (original story)

Everett Freeman  screenwriter
Ben Markson  contributor to dialogue and special sequence (uncredited)

Produced by
Roy Del Ruth .... producer
Joe Kaufmann .... associate producer (as Joe Kaufman)
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard V. Heermance  (as Richard Heermance)
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr.  (as Ray Boltz)
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Fox .... assistant director
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
John M. Lee .... chief electrician (as John Lee)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Willard H. George .... furs (as Willard George)
Lorraine MacLean .... fashion supervisor
Music Department
T.K. Wood .... music editor
Other crew
Clarence Bricker .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #12016, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

"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 »
Factual errors: Mike carries the telephone into the walk in freezer and closes the air-tight door, which would have cut the phone cord.See more »
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.See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Sweet and enjoyable..., 20 October 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In some ways, IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE is like a reworking of the marvelous 1941 film, THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES. Both films consist of an old rich crank (in THE DEVIL it was Charles Coburn, here it is Charlie Ruggles) assuming the identity of a poor man--and finding friendships and love among the working poor. However, the set up for this film is truly bizarre and clever. It seems that hobo Victor Moore has made a career out of breaking into mansions while the owners are away and living like a king. But, in an odd twist, his solo act starts to include others--others who are homeless due to the housing shortage following WWII. Soon, there are eight living in the mansion of the second richest man in the world (Ruggles) and soon Ruggles himself pretends to be in need of a home--at the insistence of his lovely young daughter (who has fallen for one of the squatters, Don Defore). There's a heck of a lot more to the film's plot than this but I don't want to spoil the film by discussing the plot further.

If you think too much, the movie really is quite silly and hard to believe. However, it works very well--mostly because of the marvelous direction. While the film could have been played for wacky laughs (and there are many opportunities for this), the director instead chose to emphasize the humanity of the characters as well as a fundamental sweetness to them. In many cases, the laughs take a back seat to allowing this goodness to slowly come out through the course of the film. In doing this, it avoided overt laughs but instead is a very sentimental and nice film--but never cloying. Of course, the acting sure helped as well. Victor Moore was a joy to behold and this is one of his best roles (for his best, I suggest you see MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW). Likewise, Ruggles is excellent as the rather befuddled but ultimately likable mega-millionaire. As for the rest of the cast, they were very good as well and it was nice to see Ann Harding (who had virtually retired from films since being a star in the 1930s), Don Defore ('Mr. B' from "Hazel") and Alan Hale, Jr. (in a non-goofy role that is light-years from "Gilligan's Island").

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