It Happened on 5th Avenue

1947

It Happened on 5th Avenue

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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.

Cast

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
Anthony Sydes
as Jackie Temple
Garry Owen
as Detective
George Lloyd
as Foreman
George Meader
as Music Store Manager
Johnny Arthur
as Apartment Manager
Chester Clute
as Phillips
Howard Mitchell
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
Abe Reynolds
as Finklehoffe
Jean Andren
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for It Happened on 5th Avenue

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Audience Reviews for It Happened on 5th Avenue

  • 4d ago
    "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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