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It Happened on Fifth Avenue is a 1947 feature film comedy that tells the story of a wily New York City hobo who winters in a boarded-up Fifth Avenue mansion while the owner is in Florida, and who in turn helps some homeless former GI's to realize their dreams. When the true owners get in on the act and play along to help out, true love and goodwill win out. The film features three or more Christmas songs, is set at that time of year, and one of its climactic scenes is set on Christmas Eve. It featured character actor Victor Moore, singer/actress Gale Storm, and future Gilligan's Island alumnus Alan Hale Jr., among many others.

Directed by Roy Del Ruth for Allied Artists Pictures, the film's script had originally been optioned for Liberty Films to be directed by Frank Capra, who instead chose 1947's much better-known Christmas film, It's a Wonderful Life.

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