Review: ‘5th Ave Girl’

5th Ave Girl, is a cleverly devised comedy drama, expertly guided by Gregory La Cava. Story is basically of Cinderella pattern - always good. Millionaire Walter Connolly, shunned by his family on his birthday, meets Ginger Rogers in Central Park. After a night club celebration, he hires her to pose as a golddigger, and takes her to his Fifth Avenue mansion.

5th Ave Girl, is a cleverly devised comedy drama, expertly guided by Gregory La Cava. Story is basically of Cinderella pattern – always good. Millionaire Walter Connolly, shunned by his family on his birthday, meets Ginger Rogers in Central Park. After a night club celebration, he hires her to pose as a golddigger, and takes her to his Fifth Avenue mansion.

Sock laughs are supplied by situations and surprise dialog. Rogers, bewildered by her sudden catapult into a swank home, carries it all off with a blankness that accentuates her characterization. Connolly deftly handles the assignment of the prosperous manufacturer.

Production is distinctly a La Cava achievement. In motivation, its unfolding lies between the wacky My Man Godfrey and the more serious Stage Door.

5th Ave Girl

Production

RKO. Director Gregory La Cava; Producer Gregory La Cava; Screenplay Allan Scott; Camera Robert de Grasse; Editor William Hamilton, Robert Wise; Music Robert Russell Bennett; Art Director Van Nest Polglase, Perry Ferguson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers Walter Connolly Verree Teasdale James Ellison Tim Holt Kathryn Adams
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