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5th Ave Girl (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 September 1939 (USA)
Feeling unwanted by his wife and children, a wealthy industrialist hires an unemployed young woman to pose as his mistress.

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writer:

Allan Scott (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Mary Grey
Walter Connolly ... Timothy Borden
Verree Teasdale ... Martha Borden
James Ellison ... Mike
Tim Holt ... Tim Borden
Kathryn Adams ... Katherine Borden
Franklin Pangborn ... Higgins
Ferike Boros ... Olga
Louis Calhern ... Dr. Kessler
Theodore von Eltz ... Terwilliger (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Alexander D'Arcy ... Maitre d'Hotel
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Storyline

Troubled with union problems in his business and lonely on his birthday because his wife, Martha, is out with a playboy, millionaire Timothy Borden meets unemployed and hungry Mary Grey in a park and convinces her to help him celebrate at a nightclub. Much to his surprise the following morning, Mary has slept in the guest room for the night. Not unmindful that Martha's interest in Timothy seems renewed, he hires Mary to stay at the house as an employee and they go out on the town virtually every night. Mary meanwhile has a positive effect on other members of the household: daughter Katherine is in love with Michael, the communism-spouting chauffeur, and seeks her advice; and son Tim is forced to take over the neglected business to keep it from running downhill, which Timothy had been trying unsuccessfully to get him to do. Complications arise with the various family members' love interest struggles,. and Mary is caught in the middle. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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From park bench to parkside mansion in a riot of romantic complications and Hi-Hat Hilarity!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifth Avenue Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$607,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to studio records, this film made RKO a profit of $314,000 (over $5.4M in 2016). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Borden: [after being questioned about her extramarital affairs] At any rate, I have a right to lead my own life.
[Scoffs]
Mrs. Borden: I'm not a child.
Katherine Borden: You're old enough to be my mother.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are on street-sign like sign boards attached to the street light posts in New York City. See more »

Soundtracks

Tropicana
(uncredited)
Written by Aaron González
Sung at the Flamingo Club by an unidentified woman
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Stolen By A Tiny Bit From Jack Carson
16 March 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

For some reason, this doesn't really work. It has a sensational cast. It's part fairy tale, part socio-political commentary, and mostly a romantic comedy.

The romance comes late, though, and seems slightly tacked on/.

Out-of-work Ginger Rogers meets mogul Walter Connolly In Central Park. He's gone there to look at the seals with his butler Franklin Pangborn; and right here something seems a little forced and improbable.

Rogers is a sort of tabula rasa who helps Connolly get back together with his wife -- amusingly played by Veree Teasdale. She also heaps his uninterestingly played daughter break down social barriers to get together with family chauffeur and would-be Socialist, hunky James Ellison. And she helps his son Tim Holt settle down and, as we of course knew she would, gets together with him at the end.

She is like the Terence Stamp character in Pasolini's fascinating "Teorema" almost 30 years later and like Michael York in the thoroughly disagreeable, arch "Something For Everyone" of approximately that same time. Both those characters are overtly sexual, though Rogers is decently not so here, beginning and ending the movie eating an apple. (Eve she is not. More like her Sue-Sue character from "The Major and The Minor.") It's kind of funny and kind of not very funny.

When she and Holt revisit the park bench where she met his father, Jack Carson, playing a Navy man on leave, sits beside them with his lady friend and sings a delightful chanty about temptresses. It's the best I've ever seen him and it's a breath of fresh air and believability for this movie.


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