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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante, Gloria Grahame
  • Directors: Richard Whorf
  • Writers: Isobel Lennart, Jack McGowan
  • Producers: Jack Cummings
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XDZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It Happened in Brooklyn" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Jobs are scarce. Rooms to rent are scarcer. Times aren’t easy for returning GIs in the years after World War II. But falling in love, that’s easy. It Happened in Brooklyn. And it happens with Frank Sinatra (in a performance critically hailed as the best of his then-young screen career) starring as an ex-soldier and with a lot of humor and Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn songs. The Song’s Gotta Come from the Heart, one tune says and, with Sinatra mimicking Jimmy Durante as he socks it over with the affable "Schnozzola," it has enough heart to envelop all of Flatbush. Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford and Gloria Grahame help make the movie magic happen. And most magical of all is Sinatra’s silken delivery of a ballad forever linked with him afterward: Time After Time.

Customer Reviews

You can watch it with your daughter or grandmother.
Freddy M
Other sometimes under-rated films that are like this would be Holiday Inn, another good easy going movie that has a kind of unexpected and loose script.
Gregory J. Knekleian
Sinatra is quite good and has nice Cahn-Styne songs.
Olivier Comte

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Coleen on February 28, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Film buffs looking for examples of excellent Sinatra films are better directed to the Sinatra DVD box set, "The Golden Years", and also the individual DVDs, "Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "On the Town" (1949), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "Guys and Dolls" (1955), "Pal Joey" (1957), and "High Society" (1956), among others. For film buffs who are also major fans of Frank Sinatra, however, this DVD box set is a real treat, as none of these films have been released in DVD format before, and many of them have been unavailable in VHS format for years.
All of the following films are in B&W, except for "The Kissing Bandit":

"Higher and Higher" (1943) was Sinatra's first full-length film, and, with Jack Haley on board in the lead male role, is somewhat amusing and entertaining filmfare. The highlights, for Sinatra fans, are Sinatra singing "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" and "The Music Stopped", along with a few other songs. The plot is thin, with Sinatra playing himself, but this film is still a must for major Sinatra fans who will want to own this dated, but rather fun romp. (2 1/2 out of 5 stars)

"Step Lively" (1944) is much more exciting fare for Sinatra fans, as Sinatra plays the lead male role and shares his first on-screen kiss (with co-star Gloria de Haven) in an amusing tale about a Broadway producer (George Murphy) trapped, with his cast, in a Manhattan hotel suite because he can't pay his bill. The plot is amusing, and Sinatra sings four songs, including "As Long as There's Music". (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)

"It Happened in Brooklyn" (1947) is easily the most interesting and entertaining of the films in this box set. Co-stars, Peter Lawford (long before he was in the Rat Pack!) and Jimmy Durante help make this film a thoroughly entertaining musical.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
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a must for any new yorker or sinatra fan. ps. great musical # by peter lawford
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J. Knekleian on August 5, 2005
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My mother being a shut-in and a music fan enjoys watching musicals and I rent or purchased practically every one I can find so she can watch them all. For a modern movie lover this may seem a bit slow and obviously the script is simplistic and like other movies of it's day not as polished as many modern movies. It's almost corny in many spots. But it's easy going, you see the skills of these different stars and there's enough good points to make this a great movie.

My mother actually has physical pain from elevated blood pressure and excitement so even moving old time musicals can get on her nerves. This is an easy going movie that she has watched and can watch many times. Funny thing is the more I see it the more I like it and the more genius of the individual stars and their talents show through. I wish this was on DVD. I wish it was in color, but of course it's what it is. It's about common people living for the most part with talents and dreams not only working their way up, but helping others. All the ingrediants of a great movie, that are somehow lost in most modern day movies, but somewhat loosely put together. Actually some of the formulas and seemingly simpliness of the movie is what makes it so endearing when you watch it, but perhaps I've been watching to many musicals with old mom.

If you like Terminator and other action films with a ton of special effects, then this will put you to sleep. If you like interesting little sketches with very talented and likable actors (even if you know it's an act they do a great job), then this is a MUST SEE. I really like it. Other sometimes under-rated films that are like this would be Holiday Inn, another good easy going movie that has a kind of unexpected and loose script. Holiday Inn's script is tighter. Both good movies.

Greg
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rosella Ann Myles on June 6, 2003
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This film is great and a must see. Great for all Katheryn Grayson fans It's romantic funny and enjoyable to see each time. I highly recommend it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Prindle on February 17, 2003
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Indeed he does (La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni) with Kathryn Grayson, and quite gracefully too. This unique duet is worth the price of admission, but in addition you get loveable Jimmy Durante, an icon of vaudeville and early television (where ARE those shows?), and charming Peter Lawford, Kennedy in-law and Rat Packer-to-be! The plot is indeed forgettable, but the highlights make it worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Wolske on June 15, 2009
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Reviewer Coleen "Frankie-machine" did a good job of rating the films in this collection, except for "Higher and Higher" (based on the broadway hit), which in my opinion is this sets' best film.
Another reviewer says there are no chapter stops. That is not true. There ARE chapter stops about 10-12 minutes apart. However there are no scene selections, and that sucks! Discs however, are closed captioned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Comte on November 13, 2008
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There is a duke of Dunstable at the beginning of the film; as he is a nice duke, it is not a P.G. Wodehouse story. Not a bad screenplay by Isobel Lennart: the character of Sinatra is well handled, but it is a MGM pix vith the MGM vices: by the book editing, conservative cinematography (by the gifted ROBERT PLANCK!), story line overdeveloped so the film slows when Lawford arrives in Brooklyn and rates only two or three stars.
MGM's obsession with prestige overloads the film with TWO opera main arias: the Mozart one does not serve Sinatra, but Grayson is very good.
Our own Delibes piece is supposed to be sung in french: I really couldn't understand what Grayson was singing. Any way it is an opera with an extravagant libretto and the aria is ridiculous, sung by anybody, even Joan Sutherland or Natalie Dessay. MGM couldn't quit: we have long Beethoven pieces (played beautifully by a 17 years old unseen André Previn) It is a 1946 movie! That kind of old fashioned boring silliness had nothing to do with motion pictures. Gay patrons were not recognised by the industry, so we don't have a prestige scene: Sinatra as a swan or the hunter in SWAN LAKE.
Sinatra is quite good and has nice Cahn-Styne songs.The song "Brooklyn bridge" is sung on the bridge, without process photography. Not ON THE TOWN but very pleasant.Durante does not do unsanitary things with the scenery and is very good. The friendship with the Sinatra character is very nice. Young people are not shown in a derogatory manner. Grayson looks very young and charming. Too bad she had so few parts. Gloria Grahame looks weird as an army lieutenant nurse.
The great GEORGE SIDNEY should have directed the picture. RICHARD WHORF directed just a few pictures. CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR (available in DVD) is a winner.
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