A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 1945
  • Running time: 129 min
Director Elia Kazan’s first film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn shows that the filmmaker’s great empathy for his characters was already quite evident at this early juncture, and this endures as one of the most moving Hollywood dramas of the 1940s. read more

Director Elia Kazan’s first film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn shows that the filmmaker’s great empathy for his characters was already quite evident at this early juncture, and this endures as one of the most moving Hollywood dramas of the 1940s. Based on Betty Smith’s novel – a bestseller in the U.S. but also one of the most popular books among American soldiers overseas in WWII – Kazan’s debut is a sensitive, masterful adaptation.Set among Brooklyn tenements circa 1912, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a portrait of the Nolans, an Irish-American family living in financially challenging circumstances, often made worse by father Johnny’s drinking and employment problems. But matriarch Katie keeps the family together during all of the obstacles, caring for son Neeley and daughter Francie, as well as Katie’s outspoken, oft-married sister Sissy. But just as Francie’s gift for writing opens up new avenues, more tragic developments test the family’s resolve.Winning Academy Awards for actors James Dunn (as Johnny) and Peggy Ann Garner (as Francie), and featuring splendid work by Dorothy McGuire and Joan Blondell, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a heartfelt testament to the strength of family, and offers an early indication of Kazan’s unrivaled proficiency with actors.

Original Release

03/01/1945

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Cast

Dorothy McGuire Katie Nolan
James Dunn Johnny Nolan
Joan Blondell Aunt Sissy
Lloyd Nolan Officer McShane
Peggy Ann Garner Francie
Ted Donaldson Neeley Nolan
James Gleason McGarrity
Ruth Nelson Miss McDonough
John Alexander Steve Edwards
B.S. Pully Christmas Tree Vendor
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Elia Kazan

Writers

Frank Davis, Tess Slesinger, Anita Loos, Betty Smith

Cast

Dorothy McGuire Katie Nolan
James Dunn Johnny Nolan
Joan Blondell Aunt Sissy
Lloyd Nolan Officer McShane
Peggy Ann Garner Francie
Ted Donaldson Neeley Nolan
James Gleason McGarrity
Ruth Nelson Miss McDonough
John Alexander Steve Edwards
B.S. Pully Christmas Tree Vendor
Ferike Boros Grandmother (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac Miss Tilford (uncredited)
Lillian Bronson Librarian (uncredited)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds Mrs. Waters (uncredited)
Charles Halton Mr. Barker (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. Herschel Knutson (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald Mr. Carney The Junkman (uncredited)
Mae Marsh Tynmore Sister (uncredited)
Nicholas Ray Bakery Clerk (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford Undertaker (uncredited)

Producers

Editors

Dorothy Spencer

1946 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
1946 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
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