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Director:
Writers:
Everett Freeman (screen play)
Vick Knight (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
19 April 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's Happer Than Heaven ... the Hit of '47! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Sweet and intelligent See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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)
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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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Runtime:
116 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #12016, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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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:
Plot holes: 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:
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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Soundtrack:
You're EverywhereSee more »

FAQ

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Sweet and intelligent, 1 September 2009
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

This is a very sweet and funny movie. It gently pokes fun at class and social differences. It has a liberal romantic view of homelessness that is similar to the romantic view of poverty that Charles Dickens presents. It is close to "Sullivan's Travels" in its humor.

I watched the movie for Gale Storm who became a big television star in the 1950's on "My Little Margie" and "the Gale Storm Show". She is fine, even more natural, relaxed and open in her performance than on the later television shows.

The big surprise for me was Dom Defore as the romantic lead. He played a best friend on Ozzie and Harriet for five years and was the lead on a dismal 60's television comedy called Hazel for five more years. He's actually quite good here.

Victor Moore as the Hobo and Charlie Ruggles as the rich man are delicious. The scenes where they trade places are hilarious. There's a nice chemistry between these two old pros who actually starred in silent movies.

The director, Roy Del Ruth, also started out in silent films as a gag-man and writer for the great Mack Sennett (who discovered Charlie Chaplin). His silent film background contributes to the many delightful visual gags in the film. The first ten minutes could almost be a silent film.

It is a nice family movie, well worth seeing. While times were never as sweet as this movie portrays them, the movie does suggest that a more humane ethic existed at this time than we generally see around us today.

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