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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  2 August 1945 (Australia)
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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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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 <>

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

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Release Date:

2 August 1945 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Baum wächst in Brooklyn  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Favorite film of Gene Kelly. See more »


[first lines]
Katie Nolan: This'll be the last of them now, Francie.
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Away in a Manger
(1885) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Kilda" by J.E. Clark
Lyrics writer unknown
Performed by a chorus
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One of my personal top ten
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If I ever go to that deserted island with a VCR and ten movies, this would be one of them. This is one of those rare cases when the movie is nearly as good as the book. Peggy Ann Garner perfectly embodies the role of Francie Nolan, and her brother Neely is around to provide the comedy, and he's very funny. Of course, McGuire, Dunn and Blondell are great, but I enjoyed the children the most. Look for a very young Ruth Nelson, who plays a sympathetic teacher of Francie - the scene between them is very memorable. Overall I can't say enough great things about this movie - it should be seen by anyone & everyone.

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