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It Happened in Brooklyn

Much of the lure will result from Frank Sinatra's presence in the cast. Guy's acquired the Bing Crosby knack of nonchalance, throwing away his gag lines with fine aplomb. He kids himself in a couple of hilarious sequences and does a takeoff on Jimmy Durante, with Durante aiding him, that's sockeroo.

Cast:
Frank Sinatra Kathryn Grayson Peter Lawford Jimmy Durante Gloria Grahame Marcy McGuire

Much of the lure will result from Frank Sinatra’s presence in the cast. Guy’s acquired the Bing Crosby knack of nonchalance, throwing away his gag lines with fine aplomb. He kids himself in a couple of hilarious sequences and does a takeoff on Jimmy Durante, with Durante aiding him, that’s sockeroo.

Other stars also shine, although Durante has to struggle with some lines that don’t do his particular brand of comedy too much good. Kathryn Grayson is beauteous and appealing as the love interest but the sound recording doesn’t do her singing any good. Peter Lawford also makes out well and pulls a surprise with a jive rendition of a novelty tune ‘Whose Baby Are You?’

Isobel Lennart’s nicely-handled adaptation of an original story by John McGowan has Sinatra as a lonesome GI in London, thirsting for the Flatbush camaraderie. Before heading for home, he meets Lawford, young British nobleman whose longhair inclinations have made him a stuffed shirt, and tries to pull the Britisher out of his rut.

Back in Brooklyn, Sinatra returns to his old highschool to check with his draft board and meets Grayson, the music teacher, plus Durante, the school’s oldtime janitor. Unable to find a room, he moves in with Durante, and begins falling in love with Grayson. Lawford appears on the scene and also immediately falls in love with Grayson.

Interspersed in the story are a group of six new tunes from the able pianos of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. Richard Whorf has directed the film with a light touch that gets the most out of the comedy situations. [Piano solos are played by Andre Previn.]

It Happened in Brooklyn

Production: M-G-M. Director Richard Whorf; Producer Jack Cummings; Screenplay Isobel Lennart; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Blanche Sewell; Music Johnny Green; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Frank Sinatra Kathryn Grayson Peter Lawford Jimmy Durante Gloria Grahame Marcy McGuire

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