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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG | | Drama, Romance | March 1945 (USA)
Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.



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Officer McShane
Ruth Nelson ...
Miss McDonough
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Christmas Tree Vendor


In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa can get his act together. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Each heart-warming character comes alive on the screen! See more »


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild depiction of mature plot material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

March 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lazos humanos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicholas Ray came out from New York with Elia Kazan for Kazan's directorial debut. Besides his brief appearance in the cast as a bakery clerk, various sources have Ray working as assistant director and assisting Alfred Newman with the score, but studio records officially list him as dialogue director. See more »


The portrait of General Washington in Francie's classroom was issued nationwide to public schools and buildings in 1932 to mark the bicentennial of his birth. The chronology of the story has events taking place at least 20 years earlier. See more »


[first lines]
Katie Nolan: This'll be the last of them now, Francie.
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Spoofed in A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947) See more »


Joy to the World
(1741) (uncredited)
Written by George Frideric Handel and Isaac Watts
Performed by a chorus
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Brooklyn -- the way it was
3 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

What a magnificent motion picture! Dorothy McGuire and Peggy Ann Garner give the greatest mother-daughter performances of all time. Betty Smith's book is a classic, and this film somehow manages to do it perfect justice in the first movie ever directed by Elia Kazan.

In many ways I feel privileged to be able to comment here because I may be the only "reviewer" in these pages to have been in Brooklyn very close to the time of this film (I was born in 1909). The film recaptures the feel, the mores, the neighborhood so magnificently, it is incredible. Every time I watch this movie, I feel as if I am revisiting my youth, albeit an idealized version.

Everyone who watches this movie should share it with the next generation of moviegoers. It truly is timeless.

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