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anyone else notice the similarities between IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE and THE DEVIL and MISS JONES?


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Let's try this again,

 

I'm sorry about my mistake of using in for and in the title of my last thread. It must have been the devil in me. :)  

 

While watching IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE, I was struck by the similarities between this film and the earlier film THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES. Both had a rich old man who was the head of a large business concern pretending to be one of the guys and learning how to be human. Both had a young attractive gal who was on the side of the old rich guy, one by relation who was in on the gag, the other who could see the goodness in the old guy's heart, and both gals had boy friends who passed out when they learned the truth about the charade. Both films also had a mother/mother figure that the daughter/co-worker tried to match-up/reunite with the old gent. There are others as well. Can you see them?

 

Was there any connection between the two films? Has anyone else ever noticed this that you are ware of? And where does "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" end and plagiarism begin? Not saying that it was intentional, I guess more then one person can come up with the same good ideas, and the stories were somewhat different, but it does strike me as more then a coincidence that so many plot points can be duplicated from one film to another with no credit given to the former film. 

 

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Let's try this again,

 

I'm sorry about my mistake of using in for and in the title of my last thread. It must have been the devil in me. :)  

 

While watching IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE, I was struck by the similarities between this film and the earlier film THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES. Both had a rich old man who was the head of a large business concern pretending to be one of the guys and learning how to be human. Both had a young attractive gal who was on the side of the old rich guy, one by relation who was in on the gag, the other who could see the goodness in the old guy's heart, and both gals had boy friends who passed out when they learned the truth about the charade. Both films also had a mother/mother figure that the daughter/co-worker tried to match-up/reunite with the old gent. There are others as well. Can you see them?

 

Was there any connection between the two films? Has anyone else ever noticed this that you are ware of? And where does "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" end and plagiarism begin? Not saying that it was intentional, I guess more then one person can come up with the same good ideas, and the stories were somewhat different, but it does strike me as more then a coincidence that so many plot points can be duplicated from one film to another with no credit given to the former film. 

 

I can't find any connection between the films.    I really don't think they are as similar as you say they are.    The Devil movie (one of my favorite movies since I'm hugh fan of Jean Arthur),   is more about workers rights and the need for unions while 5th Ave is more about the old 'if one works hard they can make it in America' type of film.

 

In both movies the rich man does learn something about his fellow man.     As for 'no credit given to to former film (which would be Devil);   Well the plot of a mean rich man getting a heart has been told for thousand of years.    Very few movies are based on really new (fresh) ideas or concepts.    Most barrow ideas and concepts from prior works,  add a few new ones,  shake it all up and out comes a new movie.

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