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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.

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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 when Tim falls in love with Mary, but is bothered by the affair he perceives she is having with his father. 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!

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Comedy | Romance

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22 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Fifth Avenue Girl  »

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$607,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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

Mr. Borden: [Looking at the loud tie his secretary has given him for his birthday] Well, that's one bright spot on a gloomy day.
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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 »

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Tropicana
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Written by Aaron González
Sung at the Flamingo Club by an unidentified woman
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Rich - Poor...Fun.....Very smart.
10 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The ridiculously rich (look at that mansion) and the perfectly groomed poor. Ginger Rogers proves that she was one of the best comedic, deadpan actresses of her time, even without dancing. The bratty kids, the wise ass chauffeur, the horse faced butler. The clothes, love that 1930-40's look. it must have been a real ego trip to be stinking rich during a time of world wide depression, which made the rich even richer. Great writing, acting and directing. As good as "It happened One Night". There were many movies made in 1939, a couple of them like GWTW and TW of Oz, get all the press but this movie is a gem. Walter Connolly and Verre Teasdale as high society husband and wife are great.


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