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Fifth Avenue Girl

Fifth Avenue Girl(1939)

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The working titles of this film were My Fifth Avenue Girl and The Other Half. Materials contained in the RKO Production Files at the UCLA Theater Arts Library note that the picture finished shooting twelve days ahead of schedule. Louis Calhern was originally cast as Tommy Hopkins, according to the production files. A news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that the film originally featured an unhappy ending until a negative sneak preview prompted the studio to reshoot the ending. This is supported by the material contained in the RKO Script files. In the original version of the produced script, dated June 28, 1939, Mary Grey leaves the Borden house, and although it is implied that Tim Borden follows her, the last shot is that of Mary, walking alone down Fifth Avenue. In the final continuity script, however, Tim catches up to Mary in the park, picks her up and carries her back into the house. Materials contained in the Script Files also note that writer Morrie Ryskind wrote a story outline for the film. In 1940, Ginger Rogers and Edward Arnold starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of this story.