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Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)

Ginger Rogers , Walter Connolly , Gregory La Cava  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale, James Ellison, Tim Holt
  • Directors: Gregory La Cava
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RKO
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00366BGC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fifth Avenue Girl" on IMDb

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Manufacturing executive Alfred Borden (Walter Connolly) walks through his luxurious Manhattan home, singing Happy Birthday to himself. His family - from inattentive wife (Verree Teasdale) to insouciant son (Tim Holt) to a giddy daughter (Kathryn Adams) drawn to the family's Marxist-leaning chauffeur - all ignore the day. Then, Alfred brings home a jobless, level-headed working girl (Ginger Rogers) he meets in Central Park, provides her lodging and the Bordens fall under the influence of this savvy 5th Ave. Girl.
Director Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey, Stage Door) amiably skewers the rich again with this witty, star-filled romp that makes 5th Avenue the place for classic screwball fun.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Comedy March 27, 2010
Format:DVD
This wonderful film from the 1930's has a quiet charm all to itself. Screwball comedy elements are intertwined deftly with a warmth missing from many films in the genre. Director Gregory La Cava produced and directed this film, putting the final touches on Allan Scott's screenplay as well. Walter Connolly and Ginger Rogers are marvelous as a lonely businessman and a young girl out of work, but making do just fine. The pair cast a lovely spell on the viewer from the opening scene.

Alfred Borden (Walter Connolly) has been forgotten by his own family on his birthday. On a bench in Central Park, he meets the flip Mary Grey (Ginger Rogers). Business woes, a philandering wife, an irresponsible son, and a daughter falling for his leftist leaning chauffeur all melt as Mary brightens his day with her take on life. The two end up having a great time, and when his family finally takes an interest because of it, he hires the out of work Mary to pretend she's his mistress.

There are fun scenes of the two partying, but mostly they just have Mike (James Ellison) drive them around town. There is a lovely magic to these scenes which endear the pair to the viewer. Embarrassed by newspaper reports of their exploits, his wife tries to buy Mary off through her son Tim (Tim Holt). He initially wants her gone as well, but then begins to fall in love. All Alfred's time spent with Mary forces Tim to finally pay attention to business rather than polo. Mary has good words of advice for his daughter Katherine (Kathryn Adams) also. Her presence has a delightful affect on everyone, in fact, but to her own detriment.

Mary finally breaks under the strain and confesses it was all a charade, and that it's time to end it. Rogers is wonderful here, giving an enchanting performance.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger is amazing without Fred! January 13, 2011
By eritak
Format:DVD
This movie made me fall in love with Ginger. I mean I LOVE Fred Astaire, but Fred and Ginger movies can be so predictable sometimes. You always know that Fred and Ginger are going to end up together. When I saw this movie and Bachelor Mother I realized that I loved Ginger more without Fred (and Fred more without Ginger), though even together they are still my favorites.

This movie is my absolute favorite. It's a surprise that it isn't as familiar. I'm so glad that it's finally on DVD! I've been waiting for years!

It's cute, charming, and funny. The end is the best!

If you like old, black and white movies, you'll love this depression era flick that surprisingly involves no dancing or singing from the fabulous Ginger Rogers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. August 30, 2010
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This movie has no dancing and no singing. And it might make one wonder how Ginger Rogers got featured in a non-musical film. However, she does splendidly and the movie is charming. A millionaire is slighted by his family and meets the strong-willed Ginger Rogers whom he convinces to make everyone think she and he have something going. Well, the rest I'll leave up to your imagination. But suffice it to say, that Ginger Rogers does her part extremely well. And the movie themes of economic hardships resonate still (and especially!) today. Ginger is incomparable!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good comedy fun February 23, 2006
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I've always loved Ginger Rogers, but rarely saw any of the movies she made without Fred Astaire. This one, however, I'm happy I caught. The repartee between son Tim and Mary is priceless as these two unlikely characters begin to fall in love, much to their chagrin. Mary is a smart girl and understands completely what Timothy, Sr. is looking for, a way to get his family to pay attention to him. What better way to do that than by having a beautiful blond come live in your house. However, her basic goodness and sensitivity make it hard to lie to others. She sets the household straight in no uncertain terms and finds love in the end. The only repartee that rivals Mary and Tim is those that go on between Tim, his mother and his dizzy sister. What more can you ask for? Favorite line:

Tim, Jr.: You get my goat!

Mary: Where'd you get it in the first place?

You can't go wrong with this movie! d
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No home wrecker August 31, 2010
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Family provider not truly appreciated until one comes along to open the eyes of his family. Great classic movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clever writing, for a change October 8, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
A pleasant, well written story. Walter Connolly and Ginger Rogers are in need of a change. Together they push buttons, twist knobs and make it happen. I'd buy it if it were'nt so rare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite movies. December 17, 2013
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We love old movies and this one is great. They just don't make good movies anymore. I will admit that the picture quality isn't as good as the movies they make now days but it is an old movie. We still enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Avenue Girl August 13, 2013
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This movie was very good, though certainly not the best Ginger Rogers movie that was every made. It had a good cast and was lively throughout. The quality of the item was fine. We enjoyed it, overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of pretty stories!
The film "Fifth avenue girl" ( 1939 ) is quite interesting, however it's not the best Rogers' movie (on my mind). I like the story-line : simple and enjoyable. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a New View of Ginger Rogers
This comedy was good for a one-time viewing of a movie we had never seen offered anywhere else, including TV. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laney B
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Another favorite movie starring Ginger Rodgers(one of my all time favorites)...viewed very well...have some hesitation about the longevity of the disc.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rosemary Haness
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Ginger
I love any film with Ginger Rogers, as she is one of my favorite movie stars. Not just for her excellent dancing with Fred, but for her acting talent in more serious drama's of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Angela Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars LIfe affirming
Gingers Rogers is real good in a story of one who has everything has nothing and one who has nothing has everything They come together for a fun filled life affirming and learning... Read more
Published 17 months ago by I love film
3.0 out of 5 stars Studio standard
This is a very light and typical studio comedy from the late 1930s. The actors are playing predictable stereotypes. The story is fluffy and unbelievable. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C.A. Arthur
3.0 out of 5 stars Ginger's great, film so-so
I got this film based on the fact Ginger Rogers plays in it, However, it's not even close to a favorite film. However since all people have different taste you may love it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stephen E. Lightell
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
this was funny good old Ginger Rogers movie, good movie for my collection glade I got it, very happy I would watch it over again
Published 21 months ago by Karen Halus
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so
I'd read several times about Ginger Rogers' attempt to extricate herself from just being Fred Astaire's dancing partner and becoming a serious actor instead. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by wiser consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rodger's a Comic Genius
Once again Ms. Rodger's leads you through a rip-rowing comedy mayham in this tale of helping one person while falling in love with another.
Published on June 6, 2011 by denelle m. manick
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