Yes it's that's time of year again. Those Christmas movies are back again. While we wax nostaligically about movies such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, and even Home Alone, invariably there is one movie that seems never to make the list.
It Happened on 5th Avenue is a movie worth watching. Cast with a ensemble of actors you've seen, but don't remember their names, many of the actors had roles on Major TV hits in the 50s and 60s.
Don DeFore (Hazel), Gale Storm (My Little Margie), and Alan Hale, Jr. (Gilligan's Island) round out this cast of Hollywood character actors that are more known by sight, than by their credits on the screen.
Those actors include Victor Moore (who was Swing Time with Astaire and Rogers, and Seven Year Itch with Monroe and Ewell), Charlie Ruggles (his voice was Aesop on the Bullwinkle Show Fractured Fairy Tales), and Charles Lane (who was always trying to shut down the Hooterville Cannonball on Petticoat Junction). Lane appeared in many Capra films including It's a Wonderful Life.
So the plot is a clever a story about someone we would refer to as "homeless" in the 21st century squatting in a Billionaire's Fifth Avenue mansion while the Billionaire spends the winters in Virginia.
He is joined by the rest of the cast who are returning WWII vets and their families who can't find housing or work following the war.
Without spoiling the plot, there is a climactic dinner on Christmas Eve which sets in motion events that will much of the casts lives. It's available on DVD.