It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)





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A Christmastime TV perennial, It Happened on Fifth Avenue is a sentimental yarn starring Victor Moore as a genial hobo. Moore's usual wintertime modus operandus is to sneak into the town house of a wealthy family that always leaves New York for their Florida home at Christmas. Taking over the deserted mansion, Moore turns the place into a haven for his fellow tramps. One winter, however, the real homeowner's daughter (Gale Storm), having quarrelled with her boyfriend, returns unexpectedly. Informed of Moore's "invasion," the girl's father visits the mansion disguised as a hobo just to see what's going on. The warmhearted nature of Moore's indigent pals regenerates the unhappy wealthy family, and everyone succumbs to the true spirit of Christmas.
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Allied Artists Pictures

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Victor Moore
as Aloysius T. McKeever
Charlie Ruggles
as Michael J. "Mike" O'Connor
Gale Storm
as Trudy O'Connor
Don DeFore
as Jim Bullock
Ann Harding
as Mary O'Connor
Dorothea Kent
as Margie
Arthur Hohl
as Brady
Anthony Sydes
as Jackie Temple
Alan Hale Jr.
as Whitey
Garry Owen
as Detective
George Lloyd
as Foreman
George Meader
as Music Store Manager
John Hamilton
as Harper
Johnny Arthur
as Apartment Manager
Chester Clute
as Phillips
Howard Mitchell
as Executive
Rowland McCracken
as Executive
William Kline
as Executive
Al Fenney
as Executive
Al Winters
as Executive
Bert Howard
as Executive
Jack George
as Executive
Philip Kieffer
as Executive
George Blagoi
as Executive
Carl Leviness
as Executive
Adolph Faylauer
as Executive
W.J. O'Brien
as Executive
Victor Travers
as Executive
David Martell
as Executive
Florence Auer
as Miss Parker
Charles Lane
as Landlord
James B. Cardwell
as Young Man in Barracks
Max Willenz
as Musician
Leon Belasco
as Musician
Pat Goldin
as Waiter
Eddie Marr
as Spieler
Dudley Dickerson
as Chauffeur
Abe Reynolds
as Finklehoffe
Jean Andren
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for It Happened on 5th Avenue

All Critics (1)

Ruggles and Moore steal the show with their buoyant performances.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008

Audience Reviews for It Happened on 5th Avenue

What an enjoyable show! I loved the moral of the story in this film. I think it's my new favorite classic Christmas Film. It almost beats It's a Wonderful Life. If you haven't seen this film it's a must for the holiday season.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

One of the worst old movies for dull and unbelievable writing. Too bad, the story and actors seem capable enough. The material deserved a better writer and a better director.

Frances Ann Ade
Frances Ann Ade

Delightful comedy, sweet cast. Victor Moore and Charlie Ruggles are excellent. Fine music and a good screenplay. Not a major production at the time, but it has held up well. It's a feel good movie and it works well.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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