It Happened on Fifth Avenue

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) Aloysious T. McKeever [Victor Moore], a drifter with a dog Sam, from patriotic concern invites an out of work veteran Jim Bullock [Don Defore] to stay in the house of a real estate tycoon on Wall Street that is unoccupied during winter because the wealthy vacation in Virginia every year. Then the owner [Charles Ruggles] shows up. This heartwarming Christmas fable addresses post-war issues : lack of housing; veteran unemployment; the upper 2%; corporate greed. From a witty screenplay by Everett Freeman, director Roy Del Ruth keeps the comic mayhem going, as the house fills up for a Christmas gathering of the disenfranchised. Victor Moore, however, steals the show, becoming a mythic figure of love and forgiveness. Thank you, TCM, for restoring this movie.


The saints cry remember Christ this season,

As merchants blacken cyberspace with ads.

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Elves cut loose with pranks that border treason,

Although they’re just scads of kids on i-pads.

The garden gnome, well-groomed in russet grouse,

Brushes blackbirds out of that bushy beard,

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Bobs on a candy cane through the dollhouse,

Toasts beneath mistletoe the wild and weird.


Families in this post-war parable

Revamp a house to light the Christmas lamp.

“To be without friends is a terrible

Form of poverty,” sighs a wily tramp.      

So children brought from Herod’s collapsed state

Should receive gifts, not death, when they migrate.

[Disposable Christmas Poem December 15, 2018]

Dr. Mike






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