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      It Happened on 5th Avenue

      Released Apr 19, 1947 1h 55m Holiday Comedy List
      Reviews 80% Audience Score 250+ Ratings 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      James Agee TIME Magazine In the long run the sour millionaire is sweetened up, all disguises are cast off, and everybody is happy, including the audience. Mar 2, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Lightweight box office hit. Rated: B- Dec 24, 2021 Full Review Jack Moffitt Esquire Magazine 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. Oct 7, 2020 Full Review David Cornelius DVDTalk.com Ruggles and Moore steal the show with their buoyant performances. Rated: 3/5 Dec 11, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D I didn't find it the least bit amusing. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/24 Full Review Joel H I saw It Happened on 5th Avenue on a list of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, so I figured it was worth a watch. It definitely has its charms. Victor Moore, in particular, captures your attention no matter what scene he's in. But no matter how charming the vagrants in this movie are, I couldn't get past the fact that they were squatting in someone else's house and we were supposed to be completely on their side. It Happened on 5th Avenue is fine, but if you're going to choose a Christmas film from 1947 that has a road name in its title, I'd recommend watching Miracle on 34th Street instead. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/26/23 Full Review Mike F Multiple plot dynamics keep this movie interesting all the way through. Ultimately the lead story is how an obnoxiously rich man learns to respect and appreciate those without means, including a bunch of squatters who use his penthouse. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/25/23 Full Review Tony G What a friggin shame this classic was not in your 100 Christmas movies. I feel this is by far better than most of your noted movies. Sadly, most people have never heard of this movie, thankfully TMC plays it. Wonderful, fun, full of colorful characters and simply a joy to view! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/07/23 Full Review Blobbo X A seeming attempt to duplicate The Devil and Miss Jones but the casting is all wrong. Especially Don DeFore (aka "Mr B" from tv show Hazel) who has no detectable charisma as the lead guy and "Love interest"(??) of Gale Storm. (!!!???) Still, with a different cast and director this might have been a Christmas classic. Maybe it's time for a remake. >wink wink, nudge nudge< Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/24/23 Full Review donna s This is the best Christmas movie ever made Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Roy Del Ruth
      Producer
      Roy Del Ruth
      Screenwriter
      Herbert Clyde Lewis, Frederick Stephani, Everett Freeman
      Distributor
      Allied Artists Pictures
      Production Co
      Roy Del Ruth Productions
      Genre
      Holiday, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 19, 1947, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 1, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 55m
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