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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 ... 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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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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 16, 1940 with Ginger Rogers reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Borden: [after being questioned about her extramarital affairs] At any rate, I have a right to lead my own life.
[Scoffs]
Mrs. Borden: I'm not a child.
Katherine Borden: You're old enough to be my mother.
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The opening credits are on street-sign like sign boards attached to the street light posts in New York City. See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Whistled and Sung a cappella by Walter Connolly
Played and sung at the nightclub
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Depression comedy/drama
13 August 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ginger Rogers is out of work and Walter Connolly has just the job for her in "5th Ave Girl," also starring Verree Teasdale and Tim Holt. Connolly is a pump manufacturer (not shoes, the other kind) who is filthy rich and, though he lives with his family, is estranged from them. His two brat kids pay no attention to him, and his wife is always making the gossip columns for running around - with someone and without her husband. So he hires Ginger to shake things up and make them think he's got a life without them, too. It's a cavernous, ugly house of the kind seen in "Holiday" and so many '30s films, and it's filled with malcontents. The daughter is in love with the chauffeur who spouts Communist propaganda and hates the rich, the wife panics when she sees Ginger, and the son, against his will, has to take over the family company because his father is so distracted with his new young girlfriend.

Rogers plays this role in an offhanded manner, with sardonic line delivery. It works fairly well but it's a little too one-note. However, you definitely catch the character's underlying fear and vulnerability. She takes life as it comes - but when it's not what she expected, she's unnerved. Walter Connolly is excellent - I especially loved him practicing the rumba in the doorway. Verree Teasdale does a good job as the wife - attractive, imperious, and vain. Unfortunately, while Tim Holt is good as the son, he and Rogers have no chemistry, so their connection seems to come out of left field.

This is an enjoyable film but somehow it lacks spark. A little variation in Rogers' performance might have helped, and more development of the relationship between Holt and Rogers.


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