It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)

103 or 105 mins | Musical | 7 April 1947

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writer:

Isobel Lennart

Producer:

Jack Cummings

Cinematographer:

Robert Planck

Editor:

Blanche Sewell

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Pre-production news items in HR indicate that George Sidney was originally set to direct this film. A 29 Aug 1946 HR news item noted that production on the film was suspended for about ten days, beginning on 28 Aug, so that Jimmy Durante could complete his scenes in This Time for Keeps (see below). The musical number "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart" was one of Jimmy Durante's signature songs. André Previn, who provided the piano solos for the film, received his first onscreen credit for It Happened in Brooklyn . Previn, who was only seventeen at the time of production, had been a member of the M-G-M music department for several years prior to his work on this film. Previn went on to work as both a composer and conductor for many films and won a number of Academy Awards before becoming principal conductor of the London Symphony and other internationally known ... More Less

Pre-production news items in HR indicate that George Sidney was originally set to direct this film. A 29 Aug 1946 HR news item noted that production on the film was suspended for about ten days, beginning on 28 Aug, so that Jimmy Durante could complete his scenes in This Time for Keeps (see below). The musical number "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart" was one of Jimmy Durante's signature songs. André Previn, who provided the piano solos for the film, received his first onscreen credit for It Happened in Brooklyn . Previn, who was only seventeen at the time of production, had been a member of the M-G-M music department for several years prior to his work on this film. Previn went on to work as both a composer and conductor for many films and won a number of Academy Awards before becoming principal conductor of the London Symphony and other internationally known orchestras. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Mar 1947.
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Daily Variety
3 Mar 1947.
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Film Daily
12 Mar 47
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 47
p.3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 46
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 46
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 46
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 46
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 46
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 46
p. 20.
Independent Film Journal
3 Aug 46
p. 50.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Mar 47
p. 3513.
New York Times
14 Mar 47
p. 28.
Variety
5 Mar 47
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based on an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Head prop man
MUSIC
Mus supv, dir and incidental score
Orch
Frank Sinatra's vocal orch
Piano solos played by
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
Mus numbers staged and dir by
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
MUSIC
Piano Sonata No. 2 in C# minor ("Moonlight Sonata") by Ludwig van Beethoven.
SONGS
"Là ci darem la mano" from the opera Don Giovanni , music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
"Ou va la jeune Indoue" from the opera Lakmé , music by Léo Delibes, libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille
"Whose Baby Are You?" "The Brooklyn Bridge," "I Believe," "Time After Time," "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart" and "It's the Same Old Dream," music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 April 1947
Premiere Information:
Brooklyn, New York premiere: 11 March 1947
Production Date:
22 July--28 August
early September 1946--early November 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 February 1947
Copyright Number:
LP848
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
103 or 105
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12119
SYNOPSIS

In England, two weeks before the end of his World War II military service, American soldier and jazz musician Danny Webson Miller is introduced to Jamie Shellgrove, the grandson of the Duke of Dunstable. When the Duke tells Danny that he would like to help his classical musician grandson overcome his shyness and stuffiness, Danny invites Jamie to visit him in Brooklyn. On his first day back in Brooklyn, Danny meets and falls instantly in love with Anne Fielding, a soprano and classical music instructor at the high school he attended as a youth. After re-registering for the draft at the high school, Danny visits his old pal Nick Lombardi, the school janitor, who invites Danny to live with him until he finds an apartment of his own. Unable to audition for work as a musician because he suffers from stage fright, Danny soon loses confidence in himself and concludes that he will only be able to get work as a shipping clerk. Meanwhile, Anne tries to encourage a talented young pianist, Leo Kardos, to pursue a career in music, but Leo tells her that his mother cannot afford to pay for his education. Anne and Nick suggest that Leo seek a scholarship from the Brooklyn Music Forum, but because the boy is too young to qualify for the scholarship, he gives up his dreams and resigns himself to a lifetime of hard work at his mother's candy store. Soon after Jamie arrives in Brooklyn, he moves in with Nick and Danny, and falls in love with Anne. While Danny is busy working at his new job as a song plugger at Mr. Dobson's music store and writing ... +


In England, two weeks before the end of his World War II military service, American soldier and jazz musician Danny Webson Miller is introduced to Jamie Shellgrove, the grandson of the Duke of Dunstable. When the Duke tells Danny that he would like to help his classical musician grandson overcome his shyness and stuffiness, Danny invites Jamie to visit him in Brooklyn. On his first day back in Brooklyn, Danny meets and falls instantly in love with Anne Fielding, a soprano and classical music instructor at the high school he attended as a youth. After re-registering for the draft at the high school, Danny visits his old pal Nick Lombardi, the school janitor, who invites Danny to live with him until he finds an apartment of his own. Unable to audition for work as a musician because he suffers from stage fright, Danny soon loses confidence in himself and concludes that he will only be able to get work as a shipping clerk. Meanwhile, Anne tries to encourage a talented young pianist, Leo Kardos, to pursue a career in music, but Leo tells her that his mother cannot afford to pay for his education. Anne and Nick suggest that Leo seek a scholarship from the Brooklyn Music Forum, but because the boy is too young to qualify for the scholarship, he gives up his dreams and resigns himself to a lifetime of hard work at his mother's candy store. Soon after Jamie arrives in Brooklyn, he moves in with Nick and Danny, and falls in love with Anne. While Danny is busy working at his new job as a song plugger at Mr. Dobson's music store and writing lyrics to one of Jamie's songs, a secret romance blossoms between Jamie and Anne. Jamie's affection for Anne is met with the disapproval of Nick, who has been trying to bring Anne closer to Danny. One day, when Leo's mother tells Danny, Jamie and Anne that she is ashamed that she cannot provide her talented son with the money he needs for music lessons, the friends suggest that Leo raise money himself by giving a concert at Dobson's music store. Following the concert, the scholarship committee, impressed with Leo's talent, makes a special consideration for the boy and awards him the scholarship he sought. A short time later, Danny, realizing that Anne and Jamie are in love, graciously gives his blessing for their romance, and decides to pursue a romance with a nurse he met in the army. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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