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It Happened on 5th Avenue

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It Happened on 5th Avenue (DVD)

As he does every winter, hobo Aloysius T. McKeever (Victor Moore) moves in to a mansion on New York City's 5th Avenue while its owners are away for the winter and invites all his hobo friends in from the cold. But this Christmas, Mary O'Connor (Ann Harding) comes home unexpectedly after a quarrel with her boyfriend to find her house occupied by jovial street dwellers. To make matters even worse, her father (Charles Ruggles) disguises himself as a hobo to get an invitation to stay in his own home -- and keeps his identity secret in this perennial Christmas favorite about rediscovering family and the joy of being together.

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  • Actors: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, Gale Storm
  • Directors: Roy Del Ruth
  • Writers: Herbert Clyde Lewis, Frederick Stephani
  • Producers: Roy Del Ruth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: 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: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CW7ZZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It Happened on 5th Avenue" on IMDb

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If you love movies such as "Miracle on 34th Street," and "It's A Wonderful Life," then you will LOVE this movie.

There are so many classic and endearing scenes in this movie, I am hard-pressed to narrow down my favorites. Therefore, I will give a short synopsis of the movie:

The movie is set in New York City right after world war 2. The characters include a rich guy, who prides himself on being "the second richest guy in the world" and rich guy thinks that since he has so much money, he has everything. Rich guy has a pampered EX-wife who lives in Florida. There is also a spoiled daughter who has been shipped off to boarding school. Rich guy thinks he is happy with all his wealth, but in reality, the only thing he has to show for his life is his stomach ulcer. It is not until an unlikely set of circumstances combine with an unusual cast of additional characters (a middle-aged hobo, a young guy fresh out of the military who is looking for a job and an apartment, along with some other supporting characters) that the "rich guy" finds out the true meaning of life.

This movie used to play each year on the local television stations, but then for some unexplained reason, it disappeared. I tried for years to find the film but could not locate it anywhere. I finally found a person in Hollywood who had an original of the film on reel to reel, and they made a copy of the movie on to video. That version cost me $50.00! Amazon's price is significantly better than that. The point is, however, I was willing to pay $50.00 for the movie because it is that good. It is one of the movies that I MUST watch every year at Christmas.

I love the scene when rich guy is shoveling snow for the hobo.
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I Have Looked For This Movie For Years!!! Finally Seeing It Again, I Must Say It's As Good As I Remember!!!! A Fantastic Cast And A Warm Plot Makes For A Wonderful Old-Time Film Set During The Holdays!!!! Gale Storm & Don DeFore Are Simply Fantastic!!!
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A millionaire spends 6-months of the year in his New York City mansion, and the other 6-months in his country home out-of-State. When the millionaire leaves his New York mansion empty for the season; a certain hobo regularly moves in.

I did not expect this simple story to be interesting, but it was. A story of mistaken identity. The characters are all likeable in a story about helping the poor. A rich man learns to help others.

To help his daughter; the rich man pretends to be a hobo in need, and soon finds himself being scolded and ordered about by the real hobo in his own home.

One excellent Christmas song is sung. This is a feel good movie.
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When I first read the description of the movie in the TV section of the paper it said:

A hobo shares a mansion with a GI, Don Defore, Ann Harding (1947 2:00) TCM

While channel surfing I discovered a real gem of a movie, it was not just a hobo sharing as mansion, it was about what is important in life, what makes us happy and the greatest gift of sharing and working together. Not to mention it happens around Christmas and even has a really nice, but little heard song of Christmas

Main plot, a hobo comes each winter to live in the home of a rich man, who spends the winter in Virginia He never uses the front door and always makes sure he leaves it just as he found it. He is a free spirit with some pretty good philosophical ideas on how the world can be a better place.

This year he takes in some other homeless people and guides them with his wisdom. There are no negatives, just the joys of friendship, and giving. A purist may say that there is a flaw, the hobo actually breaks into the non used mansion - so is trespassing, but he makes sure all is kept well, and we need to remember that this is 1947, I think there was more caring and less (lots less) government bureaucracy and ridged rules or people who were fanatics about it.

Great discovery of a little know classic Christmas story. I just had to buy several for my friends who love the late 40's touching Christmas sagas
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After looking for this movie for years I finally found it on VHS. Today I was going through my movies & realized that it is missing. I see that it is now on DVD so I am buying it immediatly. For those who were critical of it, all I can say is to go back to watching the RAMBO movies.R.G. Hooper
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Marketed by Warners as a holiday film this barely qualifies with a brief Christmas scene at the end. What the makers are trying to capture is a Capra-esque feel and they nearly succeed. They don't quite meet those lofty heights but they have concocted a disarmingly amusing confection. And Gale Storm is as cute as a button. About the only real criticism I have is the flick suffers a tad from overlength particularly for a comedy. Otherwise, it's not a bad way to while away the winter months.
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This is a Very Enjoyable Movie!! If you are as old as I am the Stars in this movie will bring back old Memories of the past years in TV and Movies. The Movie expresses a great moral to the meaning of the Holiday Season, something like "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart. I Greatly recommend this movie to anyone who likes the
"Older" and a time when they use to make "Real Movies"!!
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