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It Happened on 5th Avenue

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While rich businessman Mike O'Connor (Charles Ruggles) resides in Virginia, his luxury townhouse in New York City appears vacant. However, in reality, drifter Aloysius "Mac" McKeever (Victor Moore) has been staying there. Mac invites Jim (Don DeFore), an unemployed veteran who has just been evicted from a building owned by O'Connor, to stay at the house without revealing he's squatting. When O'Connor's daughter, Trudy (Gale Storm), shows up as well, she falls for Jim and tries to help him.

Cast & Crew

Don DeFore
Jim Bullock
Ann Harding
Mary O'Connor
Victor Moore
Aloysius T. McKeever
Charlie Ruggles
Mike O'Connor
Gale Storm
Trudy O'Connor
Edward Brophy
Patrolman Cecil Felton
Alan Hale Jr.
Whitey Temple
Dorothea Kent
Margie Temple
Frederick Stephani
Writer (Story)
Everett Freeman
Writer (Screenplay)
Joe Kaufmann
Associate Producer
Henry Sharp
Cinematographer
Edward Ward
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Critic Reviews for It Happened on 5th Avenue

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3)

  • In the long run the sour millionaire is sweetened up, all disguises are cast off, and everybody is happy, including the audience.

    March 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing very original about either the theme or the plot. The idea of a poor man being rich in all-that-matters is as old as is the notion that rich men can be spiritually poor. Yet Del Ruth blends these clichés into a minor masterpiece.

    October 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Ruggles and Moore steal the show with their buoyant performances.

    December 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It Happened on 5th Avenue

  • Dec 09, 2019
    "Peace on earth, good will towards men" is the gist of this obvious Yuletide fable, wherein one of the most disadvantaged, embodied by a genial yet aggravating Victor Moore, has heartwarming, life-changing advice for one of the most privileged, embodied by wonderfully exasperated Charlie Ruggles. Although I disliked the blatantly socialist underlining message ("all of our problems would be solved if the rich just gave us money"), and the velvet hammer with which it is pounded home, I was won over by the easygoing performances of the leads. Nice, too, is how the secondary cast is made up by many who would become 50's and 60's television mainstays, heightening recognition acceptance.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2008
    Schmaltzy Christmas fare but the good cast puts it over.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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