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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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One-time movie song-and-dance man James Dunn won an Academy Award for his "comeback" performance in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Based on the best-selling novel by Betty Smith, the film relates the trials and tribulations of a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn tenement family. The father, Dunn, is a likable but irresponsible alcoholic whose dreams of improving his family's lot are invariably doomed to disappointment. The mother, Dorothy McGuire, is the true head of the household, steadfastly holding the family together ...
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Overview

One-time movie song-and-dance man James Dunn won an Academy Award for his "comeback" performance in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Based on the best-selling novel by Betty Smith, the film relates the trials and tribulations of a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn tenement family. The father, Dunn, is a likable but irresponsible alcoholic whose dreams of improving his family's lot are invariably doomed to disappointment. The mother, Dorothy McGuire, is the true head of the household, steadfastly holding the family together no matter what crisis arises. The story is told from the point of view of daughter Peggy Ann Garner, a clear-eyed realist who nonetheless would like to believe in her pie-in-the-sky father, whom she dearly loves. Joan Blondell co-stars as the family's brash, freewheeling aunt, whose means of financial support is a never-ending source of neighborhood gossip. This first film directorial effort of Elia Kazan earned a special Oscar for "Most Promising Juvenile Performer" Peggy Ann Garner. A Tree Grows From Brooklyn was remade for TV in 1974, and also served as the basis of a Broadway musical.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a prototypical "family values" film. Its coming-of-age motifs were perfectly suited for 1945 audiences looking for reassurance that American ideals would survive the tumult of World War II and the challenge of Communism. Appropriately, it was directed by Elia Kazan, who would later "name names" of suspected Communists before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The performances are first-rate, particularly James Dunn, who won an Oscar as the family's alcoholic father, and Peggy Ann Garner, who won a special Oscar as "outstanding child actress." Dorothy McGuire provides a steady centerpiece, and the film is also a splendid recreation of New York circa 1900.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/2012
  • EAN: 8809116470446
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 591

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy McGuire Katie Nolan
Joan Blondell Aunt Sissy
James Dunn Johnny Nolan
Lloyd Nolan Officer McShane
Peggy Ann Garner Francie Nolan
Ted Donaldson Neeley Nolan
James Gleason McGarrity
Ruth Nelson Miss McDonough
John Alexander Steve Edwards
B.S. Pully Christmas Tree Vendor
Ferike Boros Grandma Rommely
John Farrell MacDonald Carney the junkman
Adeline Reynolds Mrs. Waters
George Melford Mr. Spencer
Mae Marsh Tynmore sister
Vincent Graeff Henny Gaddis
Susan Lester Flossie Gaddis
John Berkes Mr. Crackenbox
Lillian Bronson Librarian
Alec Craig Werner the butcher
Charles Halton Mr. Barker
Al Bridge Cheap Charlie
Joseph J. Greene Hassler
Virginia Brissac Miss Tilford
Harry Harvey Jr. Herschel Knutson
Bob Anderson Augie
Art Smith Charley the iceman
Norman Field Principal of School
George Meader Principal of Schools
Erskine Sanford Undertaker
Martha Wentworth Mother
Francis Pierlot Priest
Peter Cusanelli Barber
Robert Malcolm Doctor
Nicholas Ray Bakery Clerk
Joyce Tucker Girl
George Carleton
Al Eben Union Representative
Teddy Infuhr Boy
Mickey Kuhn Boy
Constance Purdy Woman
Harry Seymour Floorwalker
Robert Strange Doctor
Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director
Bonnie Cashin Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Davis Screenwriter
Frank E. Hughes Set Decoration/Design
Louis D. Lighton Producer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Tess Slesinger Screenwriter
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    THE BEST MOVIE EVER PRODUCED!!!!!!!

    The movie a tree grows in brooklyn was produced in 1945. When i was young i watched it and then the movie disappeared from the television screen for many years. It resurfaced in 1992 and i taped it. It again disappeared. I now have a satellite dish and see this movie often. At this time it is unavailable on dvd in the united states. I sincerely hope that the dvd version will appear soon. The late peggy ann garner was an angel in this movie. As a grown man she makes me cry with her immortal perfoemance. Her truly human spirit in this production is second to none.Peggy is gone now(having passed away on october 16,1984) but she will never die as long as a tree grows in brooklyn exists. Peggy is my angel and she always will be!peggy ann garner- the greatest female performer who ever lived!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heartwarming

    I have watched this movie almost every year for the last thirty years of my lfe and it has never failed to touch me. Although it portays the tough times of a tenement family, it gives birth to hope and all that life has to offer if you have faith to believe in your dreams!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    READ THIS REVIEW

    The book and the movie was awesome iloved it if you decide to read this or watch this try the book first so you have a better idea.

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