|FIFTH AVENUE GIRL (director/writer: Gregory La Cava ; screenwriter: Morrie Ryskind; cinematographer: Robert de Grasse; editors: Robert Wise/William Hamilton; music: Roy Webb; cast: Ginger Rogers (Mary Grey), Walter Connolly (Mr. Borden), Verree Teasdale (Mrs. Borden), James Ellison (Mike), Tim Holt (Tim Borden), Kathryn Adams (Katherine Borden), Franklin Pangborn (Higgins), Ferike Boros (Olga), Louis Calhern (Dr. Kessler), Theodor von Eltz (Terwilliger), Jack Carson (Sailor in park), Cornelius Keefe (Seal Expert), Manda Lane (Amanda), Robert Emmett Keane (Tommy Hopkins)Alexander D'Arcy (Maitre d'Hotel); Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Gregory La Cava; RKO; 1939)|
listless class war comedy set during the
waning days of the Depression."
by Dennis Schwartz
The narrative shows how the poor can be happier than the rich was too dumb to be believed. Also the satire of the capitalists was weak, the acting was stiff (even the usually funny character actor Franklin Pangbor brings no comedy in his role as the butler), and the happy ending seemed unearned. In the end, the industrialist and his wife reunite, the son begins a romance with the innocent but irritable anti-capitalist working-class girl and Katherine elopes with the preachy wannabe capitalist chauffeur (James Ellison).
REVIEWED ON 8/11/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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