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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie. Would recommend it to anyone who loves old Hollywood movies.Published 19 months ago by Sandra Kruczek
My family and I enjoyed this movie, I was surprised that Ginger Rogers had brown hair in this role. This dvd arrived quickly from the seller and was securely packed for mailing.Published on September 7, 2014 by busy life
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 morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Victoria
This comedy was good for a one-time viewing of a movie we had never seen offered anywhere else, including TV. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Laney B
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. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Brenda Prentiss
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 morePublished on November 12, 2012 by I love film
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