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Fifth Avenue 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.


Gregory La Cava


Allan Scott (screen play)




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


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! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Bob Perry is listed as a cast member by a modern source, but he was not seen in the movie. See more »


When Mrs. Borden walks toward her daughter after consulting with Dr. Kessler; the daughter has her arms in front of her with the hands interlocked. But on the following cut, the arms are now behind her with the hands interlocked. See more »


Mary Grey: I'm not a very good faker. When I do things, I want to mean it.
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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 »


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 scorch1See 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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Release Date:

22 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5th Ave Girl See more »


Box Office


$607,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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