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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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, 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

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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

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Trivia

The first production of Allied Artists Pictures, the "A" picture division of Monogram Pictures. The film went thirty percent over budget. See more »

Goofs

Ann Harding's vacuum cleaner is either very quiet or silent as she cleans the carpet. See more »

Quotes

Trudy O'Connor: Tell me. What made him propose?
Margie Temple: Well, it happened at the movies. Gregory Peck and this blonde were getting married. So I said to Whitey, I said, "Gee, I sure wish that was us." And Whitey said, "Uh-huh." And then I said, "Ain't marriage wonderful?" And Whitey said, "Uh-huh." And then I said, "Why don't we get married?" And Whitey said, "Uh-huh." And, oh, after all, how can you say no to a guy who coaxes you like that.
[Both laugh]
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Connections

Remade as Det hændte i København (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

That's What Christmas Means to Me
Lyrics by Harry Revel
Music by Harry Revel
Performed by Gale Storm, Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, Alan Hale Jr., Dorothea Kent, Edward Ryan and Cathy Carter
[The housemates sing the song on Christmas Eve as Trudy plays the piano]
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The secret is out. My favorite Christmas movie is now becoming a legend like "It's a Wonderful Life"
14 January 2003 | by jhumlongSee all my reviews

Yes, I dare to compare this wonderful, obscure little movie to It's A Wonderful Life!They came out a year a part and both were initially lost in obscurity. A Wonder Life was made at a big time studio (RKO), with a hallmark cast and a director that had several Oscars to his name already. It arose from the RKO vaults in the early 70's and has been shown every Christmas since then. This film actually fell out of copyright in 1976 and then as public domain, was picked up by Republic and put out on VHS about the time that Ted Turner bought the RKO Film Library from General Tire. It Happened on 5th Avenue was made a year (1947)later by a poverty row studio, Monogram (Allied Artists) with a shoe string budget and a venerable director by the name of Roy Del Ruth, from the silent screen days and actors that for the most part ( besides Victor Moore and Charles Ruggles and Ann Harding) had just started acting within a 5-6 year period. The plot was far from ingenious and the storyline was almost comical. What came out was a film that tugged at your heart strings with emotion and sentiment.It has my vote for the all time favorite Christmas film. I am lucky enough to have an original 16mm film copy and a VHS tape of the film. There were few negatives struck of the film for cost reasons so not many positives are in circulation today. I got mine from a TV studio film package I purchased in the early 70's from a Tampa Florida TV station. The copyright was never renewed as in It's a Wonderful Life so any prints out there are public domain. I would love to put out a DVD and let a new generation enjoy this little gem as much as mine has. Remember the line, A man without friends is the most serious form of poverty. That line was a great quote in the film and stands truer today than ever.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 1947 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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