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It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 19 April 1947 (USA)
A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screen play), Vick Knight (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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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
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Storyline

Every winter, Michael J. O'Connor, the second richest man in the world, leaves his 5th Avenue mansion for warmer climes. Every winter, Aloysius T. McKeever, homeless man, moves into the 5th Avenue mansion. 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: Jim's army buddies and their wives and children; runaway heiress Trudy; and even Michael J. O'Connor, himself. Written by L. Hamre

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Taglines:

The 1947 Happiness Hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sucedió en la Quinta Avenida See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Roy Del Ruth Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack includes the George M. Cohan song "Mary is a grand old name," which was written for and introduced in the 1906 Bradway musical "Forty-five Minutes from Broadway." The original cast featured Victor Moore, who appears in this film, released 51 years later. See more »

Goofs

Mac rigged the house so that if anyone came in through the front door, the electricity in the house would be cut. When Mike entered through the front door using his own key and when the patrolmen entered on Christmas Eve, the electricity to the house was not cut. See more »

Quotes

Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: [to Trudy] Well, pay him the money. Let's get... Wait a minute, wait a minute. How much will you allow me for these?
Finkelhoff - the Tailor: Well, $6.
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: Six dollars for a brand-new tailor-made outfit?
Finkelhoff - the Tailor: Your suit is all wool.
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: Why, certainly, it's all wool.
Finkelhoff - the Tailor: Oh... That's bad.
Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor: Wool is bad?
Finkelhoff - the Tailor: Look, when the moths are hearing I got here an all-wool suit... one moth tells the other. They're coming for a banquet. They're bringing their friends. Pretty soon, I got here a moth convention. A spray gun I gotta buy, insecticide I gotta ...
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Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Sung by wordless chorus as the characters are saying goodbye at the end]
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This is a truly GREAT movie!!!! Sure would like a copy of it!
29 April 2004 | by teddybeartenSee all my reviews

This a movie for all to see for it is so superb in the story, the actors and the directing!!! I would recommend it to everyone and it sure would be wonderful to be able to see it on television or even better to have a copy on DVD or VHS. It is so sad that great movies like this are forgotten in lieu of action films of today that are all too often do NOT have a good story or acting! Most are full of foul language and sex scenes which are not at all necessary for a truly great film such as "It Happened On Fifth Avenue". In summary this is a wonderful Family Film that will truly bring tears to your eyes.


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