It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)





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It Happened in Brooklyn was released at a time when the mere mention of the eponymous New York borough elicited loud laughter and extended applause. Frank Sinatra stars as ex-GI Danny Webson Miller, who makes a sentimental journey to the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up. Danny moves in with an old pal, high school janitor Nick Lombardi (Jimmy Durante), then inaugurates a romance with music teacher Anne Fielding. He also resolves to turn stuffy uptowner Jamie Shelgrave (Peter Lawford) into a true "son of Flatbush." The plot thickens when Jamie himself falls for Anne and when Danny tries to secure a scholarship for Anne's prize pupil, Nick's granddaughter Rae (Marcy McGuire). Since MGM was giving Peter Lawford the big build-up, it is Jamie who ultimately wins Anne's heart, but Danny finds consolation with an old "goil friend" (Gloria Grahame). Musical highlights include Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante's imitations of one another in "The Song's Gotta Come From the Heart" and Sinatra's rendition of the standard-to-be "Time After Time".
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Frank Sinatra
as Danny Webson Miller
Peter Lawford
as Jamie Shellgrove
Kathryn Grayson
as Anne Fielding
Jimmy Durante
as Nick Lombardi
Marcy McGuire
as Rae Jakobi
Aubrey Mather
as Digby John
Tamara Shayne
as Mrs. Kardos
Billy Roy
as Leo Kardos
Bobby Long
as Johnny O'Brien
William Haade
as Police Sergeant
Lumsden Hare
as Canon Green
Wilson Wood
as Fodderwing
Raymond Largay
as Mr. Dobson
William Tannen
as Captain
Al Hill
as Driver
Lennie Bremen
as Corporal
Bruce Cowling
as Soldier
Mitchell Lewis
as Printer
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Critic Reviews for It Happened in Brooklyn

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Chicago Reader
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Fluffy musical courtesy of MGM.

Full Review… | July 24, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Typical MGM musical fare, highlighted by greats Jimmy Durante and Frank Sinatra.

March 30, 2006

Audience Reviews for It Happened in Brooklyn

Pleasant Frank Sinatra/MGM musical has a simple plot but some wonderful Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn songs including "Time After Time," "I Believe" and "It's the Same Old Dream."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Minor MGM musical with the usual lightweight framework providing the stars a chance to break out in song. If you enjoy that type of movie than this will be a pleasant diversion especially since it introduced the beautiful ballad *Time After Time" which is performed in various versions several times throughout the film. Sinatra and Grayson are in fine voice and Durante his usual wisecracking somewhat befuddled self. Unfortunately Gloria Grahame although prominently billed is in and out of the picture after the first five minutes.

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