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It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 April 1947 (USA)
Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writers:

Isobel Lennart, Jack McGowan (story) (as John McGowan)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Danny Webson Miller
Kathryn Grayson ... Anne Fielding
Peter Lawford ... Jamie Shellgrove
Jimmy Durante ... Nick Lombardi
Gloria Grahame ... Nurse
Marcy McGuire ... Rae Jakobi
Aubrey Mather ... Digby John
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Mrs. Kardos
William Roy William Roy ... Leo Kardos (as Billy Roy)
Bobby Long Bobby Long ... Johnny O'Brien
William Haade ... Police Sergeant
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Storyline

Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get a job as a singer in a music store. He also meets Leo, a talented pianist and his teacher Anne, whose dream is to singing Opera. When Jamie arrives from England, Danny tries to show him the Brooklyn experience and help him compose modern swing music. Together, these four also try to help Leo get the Brooklyn Music scholarship. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Happy songs! Happy stars! Happy romance! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accadde a Brooklyn See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The unit patch on Danny's uniform jacket is that of the 84th Infantry Division, formerly known as the 84th Division (Institutional Training) and nicknamed "The Railsplitters." The nickname derives from the divisional tradition that the unit traces its lineage back to the Illinois militia company in which Abraham Lincoln (known as "the Railsplitter") served. See more »

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While Frank Sinatra is sitting on a bench in the school yard talking, his hands are in his lap. A moment later, his arms are folded. See more »

Quotes

Danny Webson Miller: Why is anyone in love with anyone?
Nick Lombardi: There's a lot of reasons like, for example, you like her eyes or something.
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Opening credits are shown over a drawing of the Brooklyn bridge. See more »

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Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

La ci darem la mano
(uncredited)
from the opera "Don Giovanni"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung by Kathryn Grayson and Frank Sinatra
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It Happened in Brooklyn-Only in My Borough ***1/2
12 May 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Wonderful film with a stellar cast.

Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford shine as two quiet buddies who return to Brooklyn after World War 11 service in England. Actually, it's a first trip to Brooklyn.

The film is so endearing due to its themes of clinging to your aspirations. Sinatra finds Kathryn Grayson and falls in love, but when she introduces Lawford to him, you know the rest.

Jimmy Durante plays a rather subdued custodian in a school where Grayson teaches music. She is down as she wants an operatic career.

The film is lifting when she and the 3 guys all join forces to make sure that a poorly financed student, who is brilliant at the piano, can continue his musical education after college. In Hollywood tradition, they succeed. Tamara Shayne shows her usual earthy appealing as the boy's mother.

Sinatra belts out Time After Time and Grayson's operatic scene is memorable.

This film is definitely heartwarming and a joy to watch.


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