Cast & Crew
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.
Angi O. Poulos
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Lorenzo Da Ponte
Grace Du Bray
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alfred E. Spencer
Edwin B. Willis
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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).
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by James Steffen
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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.
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.