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Release Date:
2 August 1945 (Australia) See more »
Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Charming Family Story See more (63 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dorothy McGuire ... Katie Nolan

Joan Blondell ... Aunt Sissy
James Dunn ... Johnny Nolan

Lloyd Nolan ... Officer McShane

James Gleason ... McGarrity
Ted Donaldson ... Neeley Nolan
Peggy Ann Garner ... Francie
Ruth Nelson ... Miss McDonough
John Alexander ... Steve Edwards
B.S. Pully ... Christmas Tree Vendor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert J. Anderson ... Augie (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Nurse (uncredited)
John Berkes ... Mr. Creckenbox (uncredited)
Linda Bieber ... Girl (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Grandma Rommely (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Cheap Charlie (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Miss Tilford (uncredited)
Lillian Bronson ... Librarian (uncredited)
Boots Brown ... Boy (uncredited)
Sally Ann Brown ... Girl (uncredited)
Sheila Brown ... Girl (uncredited)
Bobby Burns ... Library Patron (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Undetermined (uncredited)
James B. Carson ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Werner (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... The Barber (uncredited)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Mrs. Waters (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Joy Duguay ... Girl (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Union Man (uncredited)
Fernanda Eliscu ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ... Nurse (uncredited)
Robert Ferrero ... Raider (uncredited)
Elvin Field ... Boy (uncredited)
Norman Field ... Principal (uncredited)
Jean Fowler ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Paul Graeff ... Raider (uncredited)
Vincent Graeff ... Henny Gaddis (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greene ... Hassler (uncredited)
Irving Gump ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Edith Hallor ... Christmas Tree Customer (uncredited)
Ethyl May Halls ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Mr. Barker (uncredited)
Mary Lou Harrington ... Girl (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Herschel Knutson (uncredited)
Paul Hilton ... Boy (uncredited)
Janice Hood ... Girl (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Edna Jackson ... Tynmore Sister (uncredited)
Mickey Kuhn ... Boy at Christmas Tree Throw (uncredited)
Eva Lee Kuney ... Girl (uncredited)
Jacqueline Larkin ... Girl (uncredited)
Jack Lawrence ... Bakery Clerk (uncredited)
Susan Lester ... Flossie Gaddis (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Carney The Junkman (uncredited)
Gerald Mackey ... Raider (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Tynmore Sister (uncredited)
Patricia McFadden ... Sheila (uncredited)
Mickey McGuire ... Raider (uncredited)
George Meader ... Principal (uncredited)
George Melford ... Mr. Spencer (uncredited)
Sue Moore ... (uncredited)
Ronnie Pattison ... Boy (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Priest at Funeral (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Gordon Rader ... Boy (uncredited)
Nicholas Ray ... Bakery Clerk (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Walt Robbins ... Junkman (uncredited)
Nancy June Robinson ... Girl (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Tony Santoro ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Floorwalker at 5 & 10 Cent Store (uncredited)
Danny Shaw ... Raider (uncredited)
Art Smith ... Charley (uncredited)

William Smith ... Boy (uncredited)
Robert Strange ... Doctor (uncredited)
Robert Tait ... Street Singer (uncredited)
Gloria Talbott ... Teen-Age Girl in Classroom (uncredited)
Dink Trout ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Joyce Tucker ... Girl (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Candy Store Proprietor (uncredited)
Martha Wentworth ... Sheila's Mother (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
Tess Slesinger (screen play) and
Frank Davis (screen play)

Betty Smith (adapted from the novel by)

Anita Loos  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Louis D. Lighton .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (music)
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer (film editor)
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Bonnie Cashin (costumes)
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Saul Wurtzel .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank E. Hughes .... associate set decorator
Nick Kalten .... head of landscape department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Special Effects by
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Curt Fetters .... second camera (uncredited)
E. Truman Joiner .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arrangements (as Edward Powell)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Vinton Vernon .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Gertrude Kingston .... research assistant (uncredited)
Arthur Pierson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Nicholas Ray .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for mild depiction of mature plot material
129 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Gene Tierney was originally cast as Katie Nolan. When Tierney became pregnant, Dorothy McGuire was given the role.See more »
[first lines]
Katie Nolan:This'll be the last of them now, Francie.
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36 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A Charming Family Story, 27 October 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This charming family story has much to offer. The story has a wealth of worthwhile, thoughtful material, plus some good lighter moments, and the production is on-target, not stinting on anything but never drowning out the substance of the story. Several of the cast members give particularly good performances, and most of them are also well-matched with their roles.

Much of the story centers on a couple of interesting relationships. In both cases they are well-acted, and in both cases the relationships suggest a number of themes worth thinking about. Having these two relationships so well-defined and memorably portrayed raises the movie well above the level of a mere sentimental family story.

The relationship between Francie and her father probably makes the movie, and it is wonderfully acted by James Dunn as the somewhat unsteady but thoroughly endearing father, and Peggy Ann Garner (in one of the finest child performances you will see) as the loyal, intelligent daughter.

Dorothy McGuire plays the important but thankless role of Katie, the stern, dour, yet sincere mother, the kind of role that few actresses can handle well. Katie's relationship with her sister (Joan Blondell) is another of the strengths of the movie. Blondell's flamboyant but sensitive portrayal of Sissy wins all the scenes that she is in, yet McGuire is also essential to making them work and to bringing out the themes implied.

The adaptation to the screen is pretty well-conceived. Naturally, much of the depth is going to be lost when you distill a worthwhile novel into a two-hour movie, but the screenplay highlights some very good material, and if it encourages anyone to read the book, so much the better.

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