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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.

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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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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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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 »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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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 »

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Alice recounts her proposal 7 years earlier at a Gregory Peck film. Peck's first film was in 1944, only 3 years before the movie is set. 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 learning 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 buy......
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Soundtracks

It's a Wonderful Wonderful Feeling
Lyrics by Harry Revel
Music by Harry Revel
Performed by The King's Men then
Performed by Gale Storm, Don DeFore and Victor Moore
[Sung over the main titles/opening credits, then later as Trudy, Jim and Mac are walking through the park arm in arm in running into Mike]
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Sweet and enjoyable...
20 October 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In some ways, IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE is like a reworking of the marvelous 1941 film, THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES. Both films consist of an old rich crank (in THE DEVIL it was Charles Coburn, here it is Charlie Ruggles) assuming the identity of a poor man--and finding friendships and love among the working poor. However, the set up for this film is truly bizarre and clever. It seems that hobo Victor Moore has made a career out of breaking into mansions while the owners are away and living like a king. But, in an odd twist, his solo act starts to include others--others who are homeless due to the housing shortage following WWII. Soon, there are eight living in the mansion of the second richest man in the world (Ruggles) and soon Ruggles himself pretends to be in need of a home--at the insistence of his lovely young daughter (who has fallen for one of the squatters, Don Defore). There's a heck of a lot more to the film's plot than this but I don't want to spoil the film by discussing the plot further.

If you think too much, the movie really is quite silly and hard to believe. However, it works very well--mostly because of the marvelous direction. While the film could have been played for wacky laughs (and there are many opportunities for this), the director instead chose to emphasize the humanity of the characters as well as a fundamental sweetness to them. In many cases, the laughs take a back seat to allowing this goodness to slowly come out through the course of the film. In doing this, it avoided overt laughs but instead is a very sentimental and nice film--but never cloying. Of course, the acting sure helped as well. Victor Moore was a joy to behold and this is one of his best roles (for his best, I suggest you see MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW). Likewise, Ruggles is excellent as the rather befuddled but ultimately likable mega-millionaire. As for the rest of the cast, they were very good as well and it was nice to see Ann Harding (who had virtually retired from films since being a star in the 1930s), Don Defore ('Mr. B' from "Hazel") and Alan Hale, Jr. (in a non-goofy role that is light-years from "Gilligan's Island").


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19 April 1947 (USA) See more »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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