It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)

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Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is ... See full summary »




  • Jimmy Durante and Peter Lawford in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
  • Jimmy Durante in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
  • Jimmy Durante in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
  • Frank Sinatra and Gloria Grahame in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
  • Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
  • Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, and Kathryn Grayson in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)

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28 August 2011 | GManfred
It's Gotta Come From The Heart!
"It Happened In Brooklyn" is so good-natured and cloying you can't help but like it. It's about a soldier (Sinatra) just discharged from the army after WW II to find a girl friend and a life. He disembarkation point is England, and after making friends with Peter Lawford, off he goes, returning to Brooklyn. From here the plot is so contrived it is hard to recount due to the lack of believability, and the story can barely drag its carcass from one song to the next, so shameless are the screenwriters.

But the songs. They are exquisite, written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, and the main reason for my rating. Sinatra is in fine voice, and Jimmy Durante has been irreplaceable on America's stellar list of entertainers. "Time After Time', "It's the Same Old Dream" are two of Frank's better numbers, but the piece de resistance is Sinatra and Durante doing, " It's Gotta Come From The Heart". Priceless. There are a couple of opera numbers for Kathryn Grayson, so there is something for everyone in this picture.

It is a flag-waver and a preposterous tall tale, but it all works. All you have to do is wait for the musical numbers. And they are worth waiting for.

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