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This was such a heart warming movie. An unrecognized classic. I love all the 1940 holiday movies but I had never watched this one. It's unfortunate it wasn't released in time for Christmas so the actors could have received their due at that time For me it was a great new find!
A perfect Christmas movie
- Thomas Knoch
I read about this in Alonso Duralde's magnificent HAVE YOURSELF A MOVIE LITTLE CHRISTMAS and since then it's become as much a ritual as MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. We love this sweet little film a lot.
Only two stars from LEONARD MALTIN...I liked this film far better than What A Wonderful Life...the pup, the story line and cast won my heart...love, kindness and respect for one's fellow travelers on this Earth never go out of style.
Just want to say I love this movie!!
Can't miss picture.
I accidentaly stumbled unto this picture about 4 years ago. Now I can't miss this when it's on
It happened on 5th Avenue
- Kit Devereux
Love love love this movie, Victor Moore waxes poetically, l can't seem to 'hear' him enough, if that makes sense. I saw this for the 1st time about 6 years ago and immed ordered it so I never miss it. I watch this on Christmas Eve sandwiched in between Holiday Inn and of course White Christmas then hit the sack around 4 a.m. before Santa shows up, yeah, yeah I'm too old to believe in Santa at 60.
One of the Great Closing Lines
- Kevin Cushing
This movie is enjoyable throughout because of its optimism and humanity. It reflects well the spirit and challenge America felt immediately following WWII. It suffers from a few stabs at overly broad comedy in places, but that does not detract too seriously from an interesting story and characters that you feel for. What keeps me coming back for repeated viewings is the closing scene, with one of the most heart-tugging tag lines in all of movies.
so charming, a story of people just being nice to each other-what a concept! The situation is fun and funny. The characters and time are interesting.
Heart warming, doesn't beat you with the message
There are comments about this story being "Capra-esque", but Capra would have laid it on the Capra Corn too thick. This is a sweet and friendly holiday movie. It's a bit uneven, but over all very easy to take.
Who's the Doggie?
- Larry Reynard
Loved the movie. I'm surprised I've never seen it until now! All the website data omit the dog that jumps into Vic Moore's arm. His? Trained lot animal?
- Cindy Bangart
I look forward to this movie every year. It is a reminder that money isn't the only thing that can make one 'rich'!
Such a Surprise
I found this movie to be so heart warming. People being generous with each other on a basic human level. Wonderful movie. Just Wonderful :)
I missed it
I really enjoyed the parts of the movie I was able to watch but I missed the ending ugh!! Someone please enlighten me. Thx
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
- Mr. Blandings
Overall, a pretty entertaining film, but it does suffer from having an uneven pacing that makes it feel about twice as long as it really is. Perhaps a stronger, top-tier cast might have compensated for its shortcomings and brought more out from the script. Don DeFore did an adequate job but he lacked the necessary drive and sincerity; Ann Harding was virtually invisible in her role; Victor Moore's voice and mannerisms got a little grating after a while; and Charlie Ruggles seemed miscast as the "big, bad millionaire." A top-tier cast of, say, Cary Grant (as the rebel-without-a-cause Jim), Claudette Colbert (as the slightly-spoiled-but-big-hearted Mary), Edward G. Robinson (as the wise-vagrant Aloysious), and Edward Arnold (as the Scrooge-like O'Connor) would have done wonders for this film and probably placed it as number two in the holiday classics--right behind "It's a Wonderful Life." That may sound like a tall wish-list that even Santa would balk at but considering that Frank Capra almost made this picture but turned it down to do "It's a Wonderful Life" instead does put it in the realm of possibility. In any case, this story had enough going for it that it certainly deserved the more modest casting of, say, Robert Cummings (as Jim), Ann Sheridan (as Mary), Charles Coburn (as Aloysious), and Edmund Gwenn (as O'Connor) to bring out the best in it. Still, despite a weak cast and all its imperfections, this little film does have some worthwhile magic to offer viewers that makes it unique among the usual holiday grabbag of xmas movies. *** out of *****
It Happened on 5th Ave
- Donna Lachney
I LOVE this movie!! I try to catch it every Christmas season but with my work schedule I sometimes miss it. It drives me nuts when I miss it. Dec 16, 12 I was looking at the movies on and I came to TCM (which I love) and the beginning was starting with the credits and music, it sounded so cheerful and happy I had to watch it. My first shot of Aloysius T McKeever and his dog walking down the street, I knew what I was going to watch. I was thrilled as if I was a kid seeing Santa. I had both TVs on so if I went into another room I wouldn't miss any of it. The whole cast are marvelous, story is the best. They should do a remake of this movie. Thank you TCM for playing all your wonderful movies. I don't know how many nights I have sat up and watched your channel. Donna
This is only the second time I have seen this movie and I love every minute of it. The acting is superb. I adore Charlie Ruggles; what a great actor. This is a perfect Christmas movie full of fun, compassion, and love. This movie has it all.
It happened on 5th Ave
The movie was excellent. Heart warming and cute.
NY in the 40's
- jeff wolfenbarger
what a splendid movie. saw it for the first time three years ago on TCM and have seen it every Christmas season since. its all around good fun and very caring movie. lots of little plots and people to care for. the cast is great and they play off each other so well. i always think about this movie when i am walking down 5th ave and pass the frick museum wondering where mr. mcgeever may be. enjoy the movie folks!
A feel good movie
Warm, cheerful and a great movie to watch at Christmas. Give it a try on a cold winter day.
it happened on 5th avenue
- avis butterworth
I just love this movie, good for all family members to see. Hope it is shown again soon.
A Great Christmas Movie
- Jimmy Davis
Friends recommended it and remembered the plot but not the title. Found movie on Turner and watched it last Christmas. Will not miss it again. Gale Storm and Charlie Ruggles are very good in this one !
it happened on fifth avenue
- carl brewer
Wow! What a movie! Watched it every year since I wa a kid.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue-wisdom in quotes
- D Holt
Victor Moore as Aloysius T McKeever is understated and wise. His little verbal gems can slip right by you if you are not paying attention. I may not be quoting this exactly but my favorite is when he says "It is a sad kind of poverty when a man has no friends." McKeever is the quiet subconscious that nudges us to think a little deeper about the human condition. Victor Moore is priceless.
It Happened On 5th Avenue
- Mike Ray
A new Christmas classic for the Ray Family!A tender and heart-warming story that my daughter,wife and myself loved.As good today as in 1947.5Stars.
A Great Movie
Mr. Maltin missed the mark when he gave this movie only 2 stars. It should have 4 stars. Very heart-warming; here's a "bum" who has more sense and a better philosophy than most of us. Love to watch this moving at Christmastime (or anytime).
It Happened on 5th Avenue
- Ray Smalls
All that's good about life, the holidays, humanity, love, and yes, moviemaking! Was a surprise viewing for me. What a gem!
A Wonderful Movie
- jimmy davis
One couple at a Christmas party mentioned this as one of their very favorite Christmas movies. No one else had heard of this movie but I looked it up on Turner Classics when I heard that Gale Storm and Charles Ruggles were in it. My Little Margie had been a favorite TV program. I saw it today for the first time and absolutely loved it. ! Thank you TCM for adding such a great movie to our Christmas enjoyment. Please show it often.
- Althea Robinson
My husband and I love this movie, it's really funny and very appropriate around the Christmas season. A must watch. Thanks TMC for all the great movies I can't get enough. The movie stars in their era were very eloquent,refined and so dedicated.
- Althea Robinson
I love this movie, it's really funny and very appropriate around the Christmas season. A must watch.
It's Better Than A Wonderful Life
Both movies deserve Christmas showings,but since seeing this one,I prefer it.Both have great messages,but Mike is a better character than Potter.And Victor Moore is appreciated.
This movie was a lovely surprise. I had not seen it before and loved the message, performances and music. I particularly enjoyed the Christmas song sang by Gale Storm while playing the piano, it was lovely and again had not heard before. Can you send me the name of the song and author please? I would like to get the sheet music. Merry Christmas
Feel good movie despite flaws.
- Brian S.
This an outstanding heart warming, feel good Christmas movie in the vein of Its a Wonderful Life, The Shop Around the Corner and A Miracle on 34th Street. It was on a TCM holiday compilation DVD we purchased or received as a gift, then buried unwatched in a closet. We rediscovered it when retreiving our Christmas ornaments from storage earlier this month. I watched it for the first time several weeks ago when my wife was out, and she watched it two days ago when I was out. We enjoyed so much we watched it again together when it was on TCM last night. It's not a perfect movie. Victor Moore as McKeever came off a bit too self absorbed for me to garner as much sympathy as I wanted to for the character. I couldn't get over the fact that Jim seemed way too old for Trudy (in real life DeFore was 35 when this movie was made and looked it, while "Trudy" was supposed to be 18 in the story). The premise of a wealthy tycoon living in his own home incognito among squatters because his teenage daughter asked is far fetched and requires you to suspend disbelief, but without that premise there would have been no It Happened on 5th Avenue. The acting ranged from was below average to good. Despite it's flaws, the message, hilarious situations and uplifting end make this movie a must for holiday viewing, or watching any time of the year
- Harry C.
Great movie, and I thought the acting was above par.
My New alltime favorite
- Richard Grasser
Holds my attention, never left the room, Pure Quality acting a reminder of Christmas in my heart without the tree, The best movie ever for me. How could a so called expert rate this film at 2 stars, it made my day. especially after a day of no talent big names, this film is real entertainment.
It Happened On Fifth Avenue
Unfortunately, I have never seen this movie completely, having tuned in about halfway both times I have come across it. It is a wonderful heartwarming story, and more people should see it. I am looking forward to being able to watch it from beginning to end the next time it is televised. A special thank you to TCM for making the absolutely wonderful movies available to the public. Please continue your great works. Sincerely Cathy Minnetonka, Mn.
It Happened On Fifth Avenue
Love this movie! Watch it over & over again !
- amy osorio
This is my first time seeing this movie and already its lifted my mood. love it!
LOVE THIS MOVIE SINCE I WAS A CHILD. GREAT POSITIVE MOVIE WITH WONDERFUL CAST.
Love thsi movie!!
This film is one of my favorites of the season...there is something magical about it. Charlie Ruggles character is perfect! During the season, I am quite happy to overlook acting that is somewhat below magnificent, and scripts that are predictable, in order to experience that magical feeling that we see so little of, during the rest of the year. Thank you TCM.
Thanks, TCM, for Making This an Annual Tradition
Thank you, TCM, for broadcasting this wonderful movie every Christmas season for the past few years. I am one of those who campaigned some years ago to convince TCM to locate and broadcast it, as I was sure that once some people saw it for the first time, they too would fall in love with it--much as I did when I first saw it on local Los Angeles TV in 1978. I looked for this movie often since then, and finally resorted to buying a bootleg DVD version some 6 years ago. Then TCM showed it, and the film studio finally issued an official DVD release, which I purchased. It is my personal favorite Christmas season-themed movie.
It happened on Fifth Avenie
- Laurie Caveney
A great movie! The acting is okay but the movie is humorous and has some great moments. Especially the performances of Victor Moore and Charles Ruggles!! My husband and I love this movie and watch it every Christmas!!!!!!
I'm Glad it Happened on 5th Ave
Truly delightful Christmas film
Saw for the second time 10/18/11.Truly inspiring,esp given all those losing their homes and needing this kindness today.Victor Moore is outstanding,as is Charlie Ruggles.Definitely rates along It's A Wonderful Life classic.
IT Happened on 5th Avenue
I first saw this movie "IT HAPPENED on 5th Avenue" on October 18 2011. when I saw this I too thought it was a great Christmas movie. I plan to add this to my festive Christmas collection. It really warmed my spirit. After the movie ended I reached out to an estranged family member. This movie has moved me. what a Great movie thank you TCm. Can you please play it again for Christmas? I would love to share this with my family. wow
it happened on 5th avenue
- kim e. dellinger
one of the best movies you will see right up there with it's a wonderful life
It happen on 5Th Ave.
This movie was great because of its story line about family and friends and that money can not make you happy all the time.
It happened on 5th avenue
I enjoyed the show very much. It should be shown again for it has a great story line.
It happened on fifth avenue
- colin cadorette
Today I watched one of the most wonderful feel good films that should be one of the more well known films to todays generation. The movie goes threw a range of emotions,about the humanity of man.It takes you back to a simpler place and time when life was much much more easier.it takes place right after world war two when people where starting over,getting back to life after there sacrifices,and losses.It brings people back to gether after there lives have been ripped apart from war. It's about a bunch of people from all walks of life that meet in the bottom of their luck and all pull together to help each other out.this movie is a true treasure of American culture in the aftermath of world war two.its about how people can change,how people can sacrifice for people they have never meet. I wish more people would watch this film.they don't make films like this today every things about killing,blowing something up and going faster and faster.this whole movie takes place in a old mansion basicly. And the cast is wonderful they all seem to mesh together. It just is a very fine example of Americana.
It Happened on 5th Avenue
This movie is truly a funny classic. My husband and I enjoyed it and will watch it again not just at Christmas. There should be more movies today made with the class and humor as this one has.
Outstanding movie,first viewing not to be last
- Bart Lee
Perfect movie for Christmas.Deserves to be considered among the classics.Well-acted,beautiful story,humor
It Happened on 5th Avenue
- David Wilson
I saw this movie for the first time Christmas 2010. This will be the number one movie I will watch on Christmas from now on.
It Happened on 5th Avenue
Yesterday was my very first time watching this movie and I plan to keep it as a favorite movie to watch over the holidays. there are some movies that just warm the spirit and this one does it for you.
It happened on 5th Avenue
What a great movie. I watch it every Christmas. It wouldn't be Christmas without it.
It Happened on 5th Avenue
I just saw this movie for the first time and wanted to watch it again as soon as it ended. Will tape it on Dec. 24. TCM, where have you been hiding this gem?! Charming, delightful, touching. Everyone in it is wonderful. Loved the dog too!
It Happen On Fifth Avenue
- Zora Walker Broussard
I love this movie. Will watch it again on Dec.24th.
you have to see this movie!
Despite countless great movies that TCM has brought to my acquaintance, this movie has to be the number one most delightful surprise ever! I never even heard ot it before this month, and it's really just more wonderful than words can express. Better by far than It's a Wonderful Life, better than anything. See for yourself!
JUST 2 STARS!! BAH HUMBUG! At least 3+!
- Bob G Smith
Great movie. I can't wait to see it again on the 24th. Why can't movies like this be made today. You'll love it!
It Happened On 5th Ave
- Marie L.
I can't believe that this is the first time I've seen this movie. What a wonderful classic holiday movie. What an amazing movie part comedy, classic holiday theme, mystery, and romance. Such a clever plot!! I can't wait to see this one again and I will be sure to add this to my holiday film ritual. This movie trumps "It's A Wonderful Life" in my opinion which has held the number one spot on my list for years.
Not Alone Anymore!
- Jim Amodio
I saw "It Happened On Fifth Avenue" many years ago while growing up and never forgot the movie, the stars, the plot, or the message it portrayed. Have not seen it for many years, but did manage to catch it a few years back and taped it for myself and have enjoyed it with my children, family and friends over the recent years and everyone loves it as much as I do........ and without fail, I manage to shed some tears at the end when that line is said "Next year he will be coming through the front door". I am tearing up just writing it now........ that movie has had a profound effect on me and a new appreciation for the actors of that movie, especially Gale Storm who passed away last year. So glad her image will be preserved in the classic movie. Hope more people get to enjoy it every year.
it happened on 5th avenue
- Tim Finn
First saw this on tcm last year; can't remember ever seeing it before. Loved the cast and the story. I don't usually like to watch movies twice but this one I can't seem to get enough of. I told my kids to look for it. One of my daughters saw and loved it so much she had to buy it. It's very funny and at the same time sends a heart warming message.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
- Diane W
LOVE this movie. I've enjoyed this movie since the first time I saw it on television YEARS ago. Looking forward to seeing it again this year. Nothing like an old movie to give you a case of the warm fuzzies! Love the cast, love the story, and love the simplicity and pleasure of a great story and a great cast.
One of the Best
- Harriet M
I saw this movie as a child and now have grandchildren. I have never forgotten it with its warmhearted scenario and humor. I adore it still but haven't seen it in years. Have even told my children about it and to watch for it. Wish we had more movies like this old treasure. A terrifice Christmas movie.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
- James Higgins
Delightful comedy, sweet cast. Victor Moore and Charlie Ruggles are excellent. Fine music and a good screenplay. Not a major production at the time, but it has held up well. It's a feel good movie and it works well.
I really enjoyed this movie. It is light hearted and a joy to watch.
I'd Never Heard Of This Movie
But I'm Glad I Watched It! Charley Ruggles is a delight!
I found this movie absolutely delightful!! A nice refreshing break in a world that is way too fast paced.
This movie is great for life's reality check. It makes everyone examine yourself and want to become a better person. The richest man in the world didn't have a dime, he didn't even have a place to call home, but his heart was pure, He helped everyone to become a better part of society.
Very special movie!
This is a wonderful movie with a great cast and a good story that indeed warms the heart. I had never seen it before, but plan to add it to my list of older movies to watch each Christmas! Thank you TCM! I hope you will air it again before the end of the season.
- Frank Brown
I had never seen this movie before but found it to be a very heartwarming film, with a great number of familiar faces. My wife, who is not in to older films as much as I am, also thought that it was a very cute movie. I hope that TCM airs it again in the near future.
- Steve Miller
After years of inquiries and requests, we thank TCM for airing this great movie. Thanks to all who signed Greg's guest book dedicated to this movie, including those relatives of some of the stars of the movie. We hope that this movie will be shown on a regular basis throughout the years to come, so that that everyone will have the opportunity to see it.
Thank you for showing It Happened On 5th Avenue
- Kathy S
It Happened on 5th Avenue has such a wonderful message for the holiday season. I watched this movie 40 years ago as a teenager and enjoyed it just as much tonight. Thank you TCM. I hope it becomes a holiday tradition for many of your viewers.
Thank you, Turner Classics Movies.
- Sal Caggia
"Mary, remind me to nail up the board in the back fence. He's coming through the front door next winter." I've waited over 40 years to hear that line again.
A treasure trove of classic tv stars!
This is the first time I've ever seen Gale Storm outside the confines of her tv series, My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show. What a nice surprise! And then to see Hazel's boss, Don Defore, and even Gilligan's Island's Skipper, Alan Hale, Jr. I always loved Victor Moore's work supporting Fred and Ginger in Swingtime, and the lovely Ann Harding and Charlie Ruggles, as well. It feels like Christmas just came a bit early.
Review for It Happened on 5th Avenue.
- Melissa Farrell
I've been looking for this movie for over 30 years. I remember seeing it when I was in high school. I loved it just as much now as I did then...it was great to see it again.
- Mary Morris
We must not take for granted the things we have in our life. Whether we are rich or poor. Everything counts. Lets count our blessing like these people did. Mr. McKeever was a rich man even though he had nothing. Really would love to see this movie again. It has never been on TV in over 20 years.
- Bernadette Metz
Terrific!!! FANTASTIC!!! eNTERTAINING! He was not one of the most famous actors but his sutle humor was great. It is funny It has good morals, family entertainment I would have tried to order it soonner, but I forgot the title, I saw it so many years ago, but it left a memory all these years. It was so impressive.I would love to see it come on dvd or video to add to my collection. If you liked Victor Moore I'm sure if you watch this film you will agree with me!