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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

Throughout Frank Sinatra's early career much was made of the fact that he was very skinny. They make a little fun of his weight in this movie. During the song "I Believe" in the gym Frank walks up a teeter-totter and, when he reaches the high end, it remains up until Jimmy Durante tosses him a baseball. When he catches the baseball the high end descends, implying that the baseball weighed more than Frank. See more »

Goofs

A running joke in the gym scene is that Frank Sinatra is so skinny that he needs the weight of a baseball to make a teeter-totter descend. It goes up and down as he and Jimmy Durante toss a baseball back and forth. At the last pass, the teeter-totter descends before Frank catches the ball. See more »

Quotes

Nick Lombardi: Jamie, we're having a little argument. What color are Annie's eyes?
Jamie Shellgrove: Dark Brown. But in the light they've got little golden flecks.
Danny Webson Miller: How tall is she compared to you?
Jamie Shellgrove: When she's wearing high heels, she comes to here, and low heels, to here.
Danny Webson Miller: Uh, what color nail polish does she use?
Jamie Shellgrove: None. Her hands are like a little girl's. And that perfume she uses, that's like a little girl's too... so clean and soapy. But you know the cutest thing about her? You can always tells when she's going to smile. Just a ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a drawing of the Brooklyn bridge. See more »

Connections

References Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

I Believe
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jule Styne
Sung by Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante and Bobby Long, who also tap dances
Copyright 1947 by Sinatra Songs, Inc.
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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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