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The year 1947 is remembered in Christmas film history as the year Miracle on 34th Street came out. But in April of that year another yuletide movie came out that did pretty well at the box office – a movie called It Happened on Fifth Avenue.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue is the convoluted tale of Aloysius T. McKeever, a goldened-hearted drifter who has made it his winter routine to take up his residence in the home of the second richest man in the world, who bails from New York to Virginia as soon as the snow flies.
McKeever hooks up with other individuals who are likewise down on their luck and, curiously, all are connected in odd ways to the Michael O’Connor, owner of the empty mansion.
One such individual he connects with is O’Connor’s runaway daughter, Trudy. She is in love with one of the other characters in the film but does not want to win his love through her father’s wealth. So she plays the part of being young and poor while convincing her father to crash the scene by...

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MerryCarey

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Sidelight on Victor Moore: He was instrumental in organizing Christmas in July in the early 1900s (perhaps the original Christmas in July) for vaudevillians who were on the road entertaining---and often doing extra shows---on Christmas Day. With his help, the LIGHTS (Long Island Good-Hearted Thespian Society) organized an annual Christmas in July on Long Island. Entertainers would often arrive in winter garb to celebrate around a big Christmas tree---and Moore often played Santa himself.
 
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Jeff Westover

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Sidelight on Victor Moore: He was instrumental in organizing Christmas in July in the early 1900s (perhaps the original Christmas in July) for vaudevillians who were on the road entertaining---and often doing extra shows---on Christmas Day. With his help, the LIGHTS (Long Island Good-Hearted Thespian Society) organized an annual Christmas in July on Long Island. Entertainers would often arrive in winter garb to celebrate around a big Christmas tree---and Moore often played Santa himself.
How did I know YOU were going to speak up on this one? You're money in the bank.
 
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How did I know YOU were going to speak up on this one? You're money in the bank.
Vic Moore should have been in more Christmas movies! He would have been so good as Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or Mr. Bogardus in “The Bells of St. Mary’s” … I’d love to go back in time and see him play Santa for the LIGHTS.
 

Jeff Westover

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Vic Moore should have been in more Christmas movies! He would have been so good as Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or Mr. Bogardus in “The Bells of St. Mary’s” … I’d love to go back in time and see him play Santa for the LIGHTS.
I'd love to go back in time and see him in a lot of things. His filmography is impressive, especially since he spanned the eras, so to speak. I enjoyed him in this and thought he was ideally cast.
 

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I can't believe I totally forgot about this movie! I haven't seen it since I was a little kid. I hope TCM airs it this year. I'd love it even more if I could get it on DVD. I just don't go for all that streaming stuff, lol. TCM just "refreshed" on September 1, so I don't know what to expect from them this season. They are playing more and more recent movies - even from the 2010's! Oh, how I will be looking for this one! Thanks for the awesome reminder of an old favorite, Jeff!

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I love any Christmas film that shines a light on NYC. This one is no exception. It's an unrated classic and has had a place in our Holiday movie viewing for awhile! Great write up!
 
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I can't believe I totally forgot about this movie! I haven't seen it since I was a little kid. I hope TCM airs it this year. I'd love it even more if I could get it on DVD. I just don't go for all that streaming stuff, lol. TCM just "refreshed" on September 1, so I don't know what to expect from them this season. They are playing more and more recent movies - even from the 2010's! Oh, how I will be looking for this one! Thanks for the awesome reminder of an old favorite, Jeff!

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The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray---I hope you can get ahold of a copy!
 

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I love any Christmas film that shines a light on NYC. This one is no exception. It's an unrated classic and has had a place in our Holiday movie viewing for awhile! Great right up!
You need to see "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (1984) starring Scott Grimes and Mickey Rooney. It's all about a retired police detective (Rooney) who wants to show his Californian grandson what Christmas in New York is like---only the city is missing it's annual Christmas cheer, and the angel who was supposed to spread the Christmas cheer is missing somewhere in the city. The former detective and his grandson set out to find the missing angel and restore Christmas cheer to New York City before it's too late. Plenty of location shooting!

It was made for TV in 1984, later issued on VHS, but never issued on DVD, for some reason. It's a charming film. I was lucky enough to score one of the VHS copies, and Mr. actually found a 16mm broadcast film print.
 
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You need to see "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (1984) starring Scott Grimes and Mickey Rooney. It's all about a retired police detective (Rooney) who wants to show his Californian grandson what Christmas in New York is like---only the city is missing it's annual Christmas cheer, and the angel who was supposed to spread the Christmas cheer is missing somewhere in the city. The former detective and his grandson set out to find the missing angel and restore Christmas cheer to New York City before it's too late. Plenty of location shooting!

It was made for TV in 1984, later issued on VHS, but never issued on DVD, for some reason. It's a charming film. I was lucky enough to score one of the VHS copies, and Mr. actually found a 16mm broadcast film print.
I'll have to look for it. Thanks for the recommendation!!
 
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