Set amid the overlooked and forgotten housing and employment shortages at the end of WW II, the story is about redemption and relationships born and reborn as people from very different walks of life find themselves living in a fabulous New York mansion left empty every winter when the owner heads off to warmer climes. A homeless man, Aloysious McKeever (Mac), routinely appropriates housing for himself and his adorable dog by breaking into unoccupied mansions, living out of their pantries and closets until it's time to move on.
This winter, Mac ends up hosting several other people, from unemployed veterans with their young families to the owners themselves pretending to be down on their luck for various reasons, some laudable and some nefarious. Mac keeps his "household" in order by dispensing wisdom on the virtues of hard work (as he supervises), respect for others' property (while lounging in a smoking jacket with a nice cigar), and relationships (although he is a bachelor and a loner). Mac, played by Victor Moore, is the most irresistibly endearing character I've run across in a long, long, time.
"It Happened on 5th Avenue" treads gently and humorously on some of my favorite topics like "how much is too much", what responsibility do the wealthy have for helping the less fortunate, and the importance of not judging others. Enjoy!