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It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 April 1947 (USA)
Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writers:

Isobel Lennart, Jack McGowan (story) (as John McGowan)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Danny Webson Miller
Kathryn Grayson ... Anne Fielding
Peter Lawford ... Jamie Shellgrove
Jimmy Durante ... Nick Lombardi
Gloria Grahame ... Nurse
Marcy McGuire ... Rae Jakobi
Aubrey Mather ... Digby John
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Mrs. Kardos
William Roy William Roy ... Leo Kardos (as Billy Roy)
Bobby Long Bobby Long ... Johnny O'Brien
William Haade ... Police Sergeant
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Storyline

Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get a job as a singer in a music store. He also meets Leo, a talented pianist and his teacher Anne, whose dream is to singing Opera. When Jamie arrives from England, Danny tries to show him the Brooklyn experience and help him compose modern swing music. Together, these four also try to help Leo get the Brooklyn Music scholarship. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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IT ALL TAKES PLACE IN THAT FASCINATING WONDERLAND OF THE FAR EAST...BROOKLYN! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accadde a Brooklyn See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial USA television broadcast in Seattle Friday 9 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5); it Hartford CT it first aired 7 January 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), followed by Portland OR 19 January 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Omaha 23 January 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), and by New York City Tuesday 5 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Chicago it first aired 30 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 30 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Altoona PA 28 December 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), and in Los Angeles 29 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 8 February 1959 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

When Peter Lawford sits next to Kathryn Grayson, his left forearm is practically touching her right shoulder on top of the sofa. A moment later, his arm is about 12 inches away from her. See more »

Quotes

Nick Lombardi: A girl is what you should get first. Then if you don't get anything else, you've still got her.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a drawing of the Brooklyn bridge. See more »

Connections

References Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Time After Time
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jule Styne
Sung by Frank Sinatra while playing the piano (dubbed by André Previn)
Later sung by Kathryn Grayson
Copyright 1947 by Sinatra Songs, Inc.
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Modest, enchanting MGM Musical. Sinatra sings "Time After Time"
25 June 2001 | by sdiner82See all my reviews

Most MGM musicals of the late 1940s were lavish, Technicolored extravaganzas, which is why this modest, low-keyed, filmed in glorious black-and-white effort has always been overlooked. A pity, because it's one of the most endearing, enduring musicals of all time. Firstly, it has a plot--a bittersweet Isobel Lennart screenplay about an ex-soldier (Frank Sinatra) returning from WWII to his beloved Brooklyn, and realizing it is not the same as he remembered it. Secondly, that dream cast working together in perfect dramatic and vocal harmony--Sinatra (never more likeable and sweet-natured); Kathryn Grayson (whose charming down-to-earth sincerity truly makes the screen glow); Peter Lawford (has anyone ever given this actor the credit for the class and gentlemanly warmth he brought to every film he was in?), and, of course, the immortal Jimmy Durante (bolstering all of his co-stars with his brilliant comedic and dramatic talents). And thirdly, an immortal Jule Styne score to die for. "Time After Time" ranks as one of the most poignant, melodic ballads ever composed. Many artistic greats have recorded it, but no one has ever interpreted it with the wistful perfection of Grayson and Sinatra. Add Sinatra's "The Brooklyn Bridge" and "It's the Same Old Dream". Lawford's delightful jive turn "Whose Baby Are You?" And the rousing Sinatra/Durante showstopper "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart" (excerpted in "That's Entertainment II"). "It Happened in Brooklyn" is a wistful, rueful, enchanting musical the likes of which MGM (nor any other studio) ever made nor even attempted. A buried treasure occasionally unearthed by TCM! See it, tape it, and savor one of the most loving and lovely movie-musicals ever made!


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