Fifth Avenue Girl

Fifth Avenue Girl

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Director: Gregory La Cava, Frank Strayer

Cast: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly

     
 
A wealthy older man and a poor young woman each get a chance to see how the other half lives in this comedy. Alfred Borden (Walter Connolly) is a millionaire who feels neglected by his family. His wife Martha (Verree Teasdale), daughter Katherine (Kathryn Adams), and son Tim (Tim Holt) usually ignore him, and all three manage to forget his birthday completely.

Overview

A wealthy older man and a poor young woman each get a chance to see how the other half lives in this comedy. Alfred Borden (Walter Connolly) is a millionaire who feels neglected by his family. His wife Martha (Verree Teasdale), daughter Katherine (Kathryn Adams), and son Tim (Tim Holt) usually ignore him, and all three manage to forget his birthday completely. Depressed and alone, Alfred bumps into Mary Grey (Ginger Rogers), a young woman who is out of work but is still happy with her lot in life. Alfred invites her to go to a night spot with him, and he soon hatches a scheme by which Mary will move into the guest room of the Borden Mansion and pose as a gold digger who is toying with Alfred's affections to get at his money. Mary's presence has a sudden impact on the family; Martha realizes that she needs to pay more attention to her husband, Katherine falls in love with the family's leftist chauffeur (James Ellison), and Tim starts taking an interest in the family business, and in Mary.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fifth Avenue Girl starts out high but never catches the fire that its early sparks promise, ending up a watchable but disappointing semi-screwball comedy. Although the premise is far-fetched in that "only Hollywood" way, this is a minor flaw that would be easily forgiven if Girl had reached the heights that it keeps aiming for. Unfortunately, this kind of film has to float, light as a feather, and even the smallest missteps can send it crashing Earthward. With Girl, the screenwriting team doesn't provide enough big laughs, irresistible characters, and the opportunity for charm to keep it aloft. It also suffers from a total and intense lack of chemistry between Ginger Rogers and her supposed love interest, Tim Holt. Holt compounds the problem by turning in a performance that is unrelentingly dull. Rogers is much better, but her decision to play the role in a very low key -- which provides for some comic pay-offs initially -- becomes a bit wearying before the film ends. The normally astute director Gregory La Cava is off his form here, with pacing a problem, as is his inability to make the various strands of the story mesh comfortably. On the plus side, the cinematography is quite nice, and the art direction is impressive, and Walter Connolly's millionaire is all one could ask for. If Veree Teasdale is slightly off as his wife, and if Kathryn Adams is at best adequate as his daughter, the rest of the supporting cast comes through with solid work. Girl is not the top-drawer laugher it should have been by any means, but those looking for an unknown comedy from the era should give it a try.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/19/2010
UPC:
0883316228432
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
36,417

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Mary Grey
Walter Connolly Mr. Alfred Borden
Veree Teasdale Mrs. 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
Alex D'Arcy Maitre d'Hotel
Harlan Briggs Labor Representative
Jack Carson Sailor in Park
Mildred Coles Actor
Kernan Cripps Actor
Roy Gordon Board Member
Dell Henderson Actor
Dick Hogan Actor
Robert Emmett Keane Actor
Cornelius Keefe Actor
Louis King Actor
Larry McGrath Actor
Lionel Pape Actor
Bob Perry Actor
Earl Richards Actor
George Rosener Actor
Max Wagner Actor
Philip Warren Actor
Kenneth Williams Actor
Bess Flowers Woman in Nightclub
Charles Lane Labor Representative

Technical Credits
Gregory La Cava Director,Producer
Frank Strayer Director
M.A. Anderson Cinematographer
Charles S. Belden Screenwriter
Russell Bennett Score Composer
Robert Russell Bennett Score Composer
Mel Burns Makeup
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Howard Greer Costumes/Costume Designer
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
Edward Killy Asst. Director
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Roland D. Reed Editor
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Frederick Stephani Screenwriter
Robert Wise Editor

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