7.6/10
3,990
73 user 16 critic

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 19 April 1947 (USA)
Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screen play), Vick Knight (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don DeFore ... Jim Bullock
Ann Harding ... Mary O'Connor
Charles Ruggles ... Michael J. O'Connor (as Charlie Ruggles)
Victor Moore ... Aloysius T. McKeever
Gale Storm ... Trudy O'Connor
Grant Mitchell ... Farrow
Edward Brophy ... Cecil Felton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Whitey Temple
Dorothea Kent ... Margie Temple
Edward Ryan Edward Ryan ... Hank (as Edward Ryan Jr.)
Cathy Carter Cathy Carter ... Alice
Edit

Storyline

Every winter, Michael J. O'Connor, the second richest man in the world, vacates his 5th Avenue mansion for his winter home in warmer climes. Every winter, Aloysius T. McKeever, a homeless man, and his dog moves into vacated mansions. This particular winter, McKeever meets Jim Bullock, an army veteran who has recently been evicted from his apartment and offers to share the mansion with him. It's not long before the mansion has a few more guests, including two of Jim's army buddies and their wives and children; runaway heiress Trudy Connor; her mother and even Michael J. O'Connor, himself. Written by L. Hamre

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Guy With 50 Bucks Meets a Girl With 50 Million! The World's Second Richest Man Changes Places With a Hobo! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ann Harding (Mary) first appears in person just after the one hour mark. Before that, she's only seen as a photograph on Michael O'Connor's (Charles Ruggles's) desk. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is massaging Mike's back, she places a flat iron on the small of his back. When Mack enters the room, the iron is gone. See more »

Quotes

Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: You know, Mary...
Mary O'Connor: Yes, Mike?
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: There are richer men than I.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Babe Ruth Story (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Everywhere
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Harry Revel
Lipsynched by Gale Storm then
Performed by The King's Men
[Trudy sings the song at the music store for her audition, immediately followed by the song overlayed over the action as Trudy speaks to Jim outside the store]
See more »

User Reviews

 
This charming delight now on DVD
28 April 2009 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In 1946 Monogram Pictures decided to upgrade their image by creating a new bigger budget style of film and presenting them by new in-house section ALLIED ARTISTS..... and this delicious humane film was their second big budget outing. IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE has been mostly lost to TV and cinema goers for over 40 years and now it is available on WB label DVD.... The first Allied Artisis film was BLACK GOLD which also wonderfully humane and kind shows what a focus on viable films they embarked upon. IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE is a very funny and witty and ultimately wise family comedy about how a group of genuinely homeless people (in every sense of the word) re discover their home and family. As a Christmas movie it is terrific...and there are some hilarious sequences, notably an old tailor who delivers an uproarious monologue about moths and a waiter in a restaurant trying to set a table from wobbling (while Ted FioRito plays the violin). With a perfect cast for each role and the $1.4m budget resulting spectacularly well decorated and very elaborate sets, this Monogram-Allied Artists film must have been a box office bonanza. Other films they made in this period that reflected their new image are THE GANGSTER and SUSPENSE both equally compelling, well made and worth a DVD release soon.... what a find IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE is and presented in a spotless gleaming DVD. I really applaud WB for releasing this charming humane and delicious film. Nominated for an Oscar for script, it should have also been nominated for Victor Moore's wry turn as the hilarious hobo who secretly babysits mansions while their owners go to another house for their holiday. Gale Storm is gorgeous and her clothes - as are all the qualities of this well made film - peppered with Blake Edwards' added sight gags - are A grade.


22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 73 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

HBOMAX | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened on Fifth Avenue See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed