It Happened in Brooklyn


1h 45m 1947
It Happened in Brooklyn

Brief Synopsis

A returning GI and his friends try to make it in the music business.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Musical
Romantic Comedy
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Apr 7, 1947
Premiere Information
Brooklyn, New York premiere: 11 Mar 1947
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

In England, two weeks before the end of his World War II military service, American soldier and jazz musician Danny Webson Miller is introduced to Jamie Shellgrove, the grandson of the Duke of Dunstable. When the Duke tells Danny that he would like to help his classical musician grandson overcome his shyness and stuffiness, Danny invites Jamie to visit him in Brooklyn. On his first day back in Brooklyn, Danny meets and falls instantly in love with Anne Fielding, a soprano and classical music instructor at the high school he attended as a youth. After re-registering for the draft at the high school, Danny visits his old pal Nick Lombardi, the school janitor, who invites Danny to live with him until he finds an apartment of his own. Unable to audition for work as a musician because he suffers from stage fright, Danny soon loses confidence in himself and concludes that he will only be able to get work as a shipping clerk. Meanwhile, Anne tries to encourage a talented young pianist, Leo Kardos, to pursue a career in music, but Leo tells her that his mother cannot afford to pay for his education. Anne and Nick suggest that Leo seek a scholarship from the Brooklyn Music Forum, but because the boy is too young to qualify for the scholarship, he gives up his dreams and resigns himself to a lifetime of hard work at his mother's candy store. Soon after Jamie arrives in Brooklyn, he moves in with Nick and Danny, and falls in love with Anne. While Danny is busy working at his new job as a song plugger at Mr. Dobson's music store and writing lyrics to one of Jamie's songs, a secret romance blossoms between Jamie and Anne. Jamie's affection for Anne is met with the disapproval of Nick, who has been trying to bring Anne closer to Danny. One day, when Leo's mother tells Danny, Jamie and Anne that she is ashamed that she cannot provide her talented son with the money he needs for music lessons, the friends suggest that Leo raise money himself by giving a concert at Dobson's music store. Following the concert, the scholarship committee, impressed with Leo's talent, makes a special consideration for the boy and awards him the scholarship he sought. A short time later, Danny, realizing that Anne and Jamie are in love, graciously gives his blessing for their romance, and decides to pursue a romance with a nurse he met in the army.

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It Happened in Brooklyn - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from It Happened in Brooklyn (1947), starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Peter Lawford.

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It Happened In Brooklyn (1947) - Johann Sebastian Bach De-mobbed Danny (Frank Sinatra) gets a lift from schoolteacher Anne (Kathryn Grayson), acting on orders from a street cop, then to her classroom for her first vocal, a lyric from the credited songwriters (presumably Sammy Cahn, maybe Jule Styne) to a famous Bach miniature composition, Invention No. 1, in It Happened In Brooklyn, 1947.
It Happened In Brooklyn (1947) - Whose Baby Are You? Frank Sinatra is depressed soldier Danny, about to ship home from England, exhorted by a brassy Army nurse (Gloria Grahame) to join the party, and meeting English Jamie (Peter Lawford, his future Rat Pack pal, for their first movie scene together) for a Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne tune, early in It Happened In Brooklyn, 1947.
It Happened In Brooklyn (1947) - I'm From Brooklyn MGM producer Jack Cummings has situated the story "Somewhere In England," where convalescing soldier Danny (Frank Sinatra) is waxing nostalgic about Brooklyn when an army nurse (Gloria Grahame) calls him on his odd behavior, in It Happened In Brooklyn, 1947, also starring Jimmy Durante
It Happened In Brooklyn (1947) - The Brooklyn Bridge Giving the bobby-soxers their money's worth, newly discharged soldier Danny (Frank Sinatra) arrives home and expresses himself toward his beloved inanimate object, with Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's "The Brooklyn Bridge" shot on the very spot, in MGM's It Happened In Brooklyn, 1947.
It Happened In Brooklyn (1947) - From The Heart Wise old high school janitor Nick (Jimmy Durante) exhorts Army vet Danny (Frank Sinatra) into a spirited performance of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart" in It Happened in Brooklyn, 1947.

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Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Musical
Romantic Comedy
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Apr 7, 1947
Premiere Information
Brooklyn, New York premiere: 11 Mar 1947
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Articles

It Happened In Brooklyn - It Happened in Brooklyn


American jazz musician Danny Miller (Frank Sinatra) is serving in England shortly before the end of World War II, where he is asked by a duke to provide training for his son, classical musician Jamie Shellgrove (Peter Lawford). Upon returning to Brooklyn, he falls in love with Anne Fielding (Kathryn Grayson), a singer. The two of them help various characters pursue their musical dreams, including Danny's old friend Nick Lombardi (Jimmy Durante) and Leo Kardos (Billy Roy), a talented but penniless young pianist. Complications ensue when Jamie moves to Brooklyn to pursue a career in songwriting and falls in love with Anne as well.

Louis B. Mayer was a fan of Frank Sinatra and had him purchased from RKO. Sinatra later claimed that it resulted in a salary jump from $25,000 to $130,000 per picture. However, his career at MGM would end only three years later, in 1949. Hearing that Mayer was injured during a riding accident, Sinatra is said to have replied, "Nah, he fell off Ginny Simms," referring to Mayer's current paramour. The remark made its way back to Mayer and promptly got Sinatra fired from the studio.

In spite of Sinatra's reputation for a cavalier attitude towards film work at the time, which included showing up late for shoots, Peter Lawford later said, "He took direction beautifully, listened, contributed, and was generally extremely professional about the whole operation." Sinatra would later return to MGM to make films such as The Tender Trap (1955) and High Society (1956), when the studio was under the leadership of Dore Schary.

Shooting for It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) was suspended for approximately ten days from late August to early September while Jimmy Durante wrapped up his work on the film This Time for Keeps. Originally George Sidney had planned to direct; his replacement, Richard Whorf, is perhaps best know for directing episodes for a number of popular television series during the '50s and '60s, among them Gunsmoke, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Wild, Wild West.

The music and lyrics for the original songs in It Happened in Brooklyn were written by Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne and include "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart," "The Brooklyn Bridge," "I Believe," "Time After Time," and "It's the Same Old Dream." The film also uses a variety of classical pieces, ranging from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" to arias from Mozart's Don Giovani and Delibes' Lakme and the Russian folk song "Dark Eyes" ("Ochi chornye"). A seventeen-year-old Andre Previn received his first screen credit for playing the piano pieces performed in the film. Incidentally, the New Utrecht High School portrayed in the film really exists.

Director: Richard Whorf
Producer: Jack Cummings
Screenplay: Isobel Lennart, based on an original story by John McGowan
Cinematography: Robert Planck
Editor: Blanche Sewell
Music supervisor: Johnny Green
Cast: Frank Sinatra (Danny Webson Miller), Kathryn Grayson (Anne Fielding), Peter Lawford (Jamie Shellgrove), Jimmy Durante (Nick Lombardi), Billy Roy (Leo Kardos), Gloria Grahame (nurse), Marcy McGuire (Rae).
BW-103m. Close captioning.

by James Steffen
It Happened In Brooklyn - It Happened In Brooklyn

It Happened In Brooklyn - It Happened in Brooklyn

American jazz musician Danny Miller (Frank Sinatra) is serving in England shortly before the end of World War II, where he is asked by a duke to provide training for his son, classical musician Jamie Shellgrove (Peter Lawford). Upon returning to Brooklyn, he falls in love with Anne Fielding (Kathryn Grayson), a singer. The two of them help various characters pursue their musical dreams, including Danny's old friend Nick Lombardi (Jimmy Durante) and Leo Kardos (Billy Roy), a talented but penniless young pianist. Complications ensue when Jamie moves to Brooklyn to pursue a career in songwriting and falls in love with Anne as well. Louis B. Mayer was a fan of Frank Sinatra and had him purchased from RKO. Sinatra later claimed that it resulted in a salary jump from $25,000 to $130,000 per picture. However, his career at MGM would end only three years later, in 1949. Hearing that Mayer was injured during a riding accident, Sinatra is said to have replied, "Nah, he fell off Ginny Simms," referring to Mayer's current paramour. The remark made its way back to Mayer and promptly got Sinatra fired from the studio. In spite of Sinatra's reputation for a cavalier attitude towards film work at the time, which included showing up late for shoots, Peter Lawford later said, "He took direction beautifully, listened, contributed, and was generally extremely professional about the whole operation." Sinatra would later return to MGM to make films such as The Tender Trap (1955) and High Society (1956), when the studio was under the leadership of Dore Schary. Shooting for It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) was suspended for approximately ten days from late August to early September while Jimmy Durante wrapped up his work on the film This Time for Keeps. Originally George Sidney had planned to direct; his replacement, Richard Whorf, is perhaps best know for directing episodes for a number of popular television series during the '50s and '60s, among them Gunsmoke, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Wild, Wild West. The music and lyrics for the original songs in It Happened in Brooklyn were written by Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne and include "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart," "The Brooklyn Bridge," "I Believe," "Time After Time," and "It's the Same Old Dream." The film also uses a variety of classical pieces, ranging from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" to arias from Mozart's Don Giovani and Delibes' Lakme and the Russian folk song "Dark Eyes" ("Ochi chornye"). A seventeen-year-old Andre Previn received his first screen credit for playing the piano pieces performed in the film. Incidentally, the New Utrecht High School portrayed in the film really exists. Director: Richard Whorf Producer: Jack Cummings Screenplay: Isobel Lennart, based on an original story by John McGowan Cinematography: Robert Planck Editor: Blanche Sewell Music supervisor: Johnny Green Cast: Frank Sinatra (Danny Webson Miller), Kathryn Grayson (Anne Fielding), Peter Lawford (Jamie Shellgrove), Jimmy Durante (Nick Lombardi), Billy Roy (Leo Kardos), Gloria Grahame (nurse), Marcy McGuire (Rae). BW-103m. Close captioning. by James Steffen

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Trivia

Piano music was played by unseen 17-year-old Andre Previn, who had joined MGM's music department not long before this movie was made.

Notes

Pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter indicate that George Sidney was originally set to direct this film. A August 29, 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that production on the film was suspended for about ten days, beginning on 28 Aug, so that Jimmy Durante could complete his scenes in This Time for Keeps (see below). The musical number "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart" was one of Jimmy Durante's signature songs. André Previn, who provided the piano solos for the film, received his first onscreen credit for It Happened in Brooklyn. Previn, who was only seventeen at the time of production, had been a member of the M-G-M music department for several years prior to his work on this film. Previn went on to work as both a composer and conductor for many films and won a number of Academy Awards before becoming principal conductor of the London Symphony and other internationally known orchestras.