Christmas in July 2021 – It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

This post is part of the annual Christmas in July Blogathon being held over at Drew’s Movie Reviews.

Here’s the link to the original post.

Tnx Drew!

“The essence of big business, gentlemen, is never put one worry ahead of another.” – Aloysius T. McKeever

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two homeless men occupy the deserted home of a millionaire while he spends the winter down south.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it while seeking out a movie to watch for this blogathon that I’ve participated in ever since it’s inception.

I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this film was and that has much to do with the way that they develop these characters in such fun and unique ways.

The film has such a great message that rings true throughout and the way that many of the characters masquerade as members of different class system.

The cast is great and help keep things so enjoyable along the way due to the way they all act throughout.

The chemistry between these characters is amazing to watch and the way that things play out is great to watch.

This film was directed by Roy Del Ruth and he does a wonderful job with this inspirational story, but I was disappointed to hear that Frank Capra originally planned to make this film but decided to make It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) instead.

It’s too bad that he couldn’t save this for his next project afterwards because this kind of story is right up his alley.

The Christmas scene definitely stands out here and helps make the story even more poignant to watch due to the theme sand message of the story which stand out so boldly throughout the film but especially during that scene.

The film does a nice job blending in comedy and romance into the story in a very plausible way.

The dialogue is superb and helps move things along in a very powerful way.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first production of Allied Artists Pictures, the “A” picture division of Monogram Pictures. The film went thirty percent over budget. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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