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5th Ave Girl (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 September 1939 (USA)
Feeling unwanted by his wife and children, a wealthy industrialist hires an unemployed young woman to pose as his mistress.

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writer:

Allan Scott (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Mary Grey
Walter Connolly ... Timothy Borden
Verree Teasdale ... Martha Borden
James Ellison ... Mike
Tim Holt ... Tim Borden
Kathryn Adams ... Katherine Borden
Franklin Pangborn ... Higgins
Ferike Boros Ferike Boros ... Olga
Louis Calhern ... Dr. Kessler
Theodore von Eltz ... Terwilliger (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Alexander D'Arcy ... Maitre d'Hotel
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Storyline

Troubled with union problems in his business and lonely on his birthday because his wife, Martha, is out with a playboy, millionaire Timothy Borden meets unemployed and hungry Mary Grey in a park and convinces her to help him celebrate at a nightclub. Much to his surprise the following morning, Mary has slept in the guest room for the night. Not unmindful that Martha's interest in Timothy seems renewed, he hires Mary to stay at the house as an employee and they go out on the town virtually every night. Mary meanwhile has a positive effect on other members of the household: daughter Katherine is in love with Michael, the communism-spouting chauffeur, and seeks her advice; and son Tim is forced to take over the neglected business to keep it from running downhill, which Timothy had been trying unsuccessfully to get him to do. Complications arise with the various family members' love interest struggles,. and Mary is caught in the middle. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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From park bench to parkside mansion in a riot of romantic complications and Hi-Hat Hilarity!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifth Avenue Girl See more »

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Budget:

$607,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending of the movie just had Mary Grey leaving the Borden House, walking down Fifth Avenue, but the sneak preview audience complained at what it considered an unhappy ending. So the ending was changed to its current form, which essentially made it more palatable. See more »

Quotes

Tim Borden: We could have a girl show in the living room. That should keep him in at night.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are on street-sign like sign boards attached to the street light posts in New York City. See more »

Soundtracks

Tropicana
(uncredited)
Written by Aaron González
Sung at the Flamingo Club by an unidentified woman
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Up there with the best of the screwball comedies
16 July 2002 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

Ginger Rogers was good at doing this kind of roles and this is one of her best performances. The plot,an attack on the social strata of society; both the rich and the poor and the consequences that bereave who they are. Without a doubt, the star of the movie is the script. It's so good, it's basically impossible to muck up. Gregory La Cava, that serious and more respected directors of his time who is much forgotten today shoots and directs so wonderfully emphasizing every nuance of the script with style and wit improves on his NY critics winning direction in Stage door. Just a wondeful movie.


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