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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Overlooked Holiday Fun See more (54 total) »


  (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)
Corky ... Sammy (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 Travis ... 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
Truman K. Wood .... music editor (as T.K. Wood)
Other crew
Clarence Bricker .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"It Happened on 5th Avenue" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #12016, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

The first release by Allied Artists.See more »
Miscellaneous: Don Defore (Jim) calls Gale Storm "Margie" in one scene instead of "cookie". She was the lead in the "My Little Margie" sit-com in the early 1950's.See more »
Jim Bullock:Call your cossacks!See more »
Movie Connections:
Speak - My HeartSee more »


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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked Holiday Fun, 25 December 2004
Author: Mike-764 from Rego Park, NY

Aloysius T. McKeever spends his winters living uninvited as a guest for the Fortune 500's houses. For the past three winters, McKeever has been living at the house of Michael O'Connor, wealthy industrialist. McKeever has also invited Jim Bullock, war veteran, who has been recently evicted by O'Connor to make way for his new building. O'Connor's daughter, Trudy, comes back to the mansion after running away from finishing school, and is about to throw out the two guys, but lets them stay and tells them she is just like them. After finding out the location of his daughter, O'Connor comes back from his vacation early, but is convinced by Trudy to let the people living in the house stay (Jim also invited two war buddies Hank and Whitey, plus their families to stay) and have him pretend to be the new butler. Jim and friends decide to solve the housing shortage the three war buddies, plus several hundred others have, by renovating a series of army barracks, but O'Connor sees the profit in there as well, and tries to buy the barracks for his interests. Will the philosophical lessons of McKeever, the new relationship with his ex-wife Mary, and the love of Jim and Trudy, help O'Connor change his ways? Okay film, but I was expecting more. The film could have been trimmed of a few scenes since many of them are recycling the sentimental hash that we saw a few minutes earlier. Del Ruth's direction doesn't surprise you, but is able to tug at the heart strings of those who watch it. The cast is very good, especially Ruggles and Harding as the O'Connors. The film does have a nice moral message of self worth, beautifully told through its characters (especially Moore's McKeever) and makes for holiday watching. Rating, 7.

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