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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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  (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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Favorite film of Gene Kelly.See more »
[first lines]
Katie Nolan:This'll be the last of them now, Francie.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kongo-Roo (1946)See more »
The First NoelSee more »


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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Go Forth Into the World and Make Thy Dreams Come True., 10 July 2004
Author: tfrizzell from United States

A youngster (Peggy Ann Garner) in circa 1900 Brooklyn dreams of a suitable education and ultimately a better life. She and her young brother (Ted Donaldson) experience highs and lows as their lives are followed in a documentary-style format that creates a realistic and compassionate view. Poverty is tough in the area though as mother Dorothy McGuire (in arguably her greatest role) and father James Dunn (in one of the finest performances ever captured on film, he deservedly won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1945) have a hard time making ends meet. McGuire has a difficult time seeing the bright things in their lives, while Dunn (a hopeless alcoholic) treats everyone, including strangers on the street, with love, respect and understanding. Dunn sees greatness in Garner, even when most do not, and does his best to see that her hopes do come true. The title is symbolistic as a large tree in front of the family's low-rent apartment is about to be cut down to their dismay. It also refers to the fact that Garner is growing up and showing maturity way beyond her years; she is literally branching out and letting her leaves flourish. First-time director Elia Kazan arguably does the best work of any film-maker who had never completed a feature previously as he just lets Betty Smith's wonderful novel unfold methodically with a deliberate pace, tone and style. The screenplay yielded Oscar nominations for adapters Frank Davis and Tess Sleringer. Dunn, an actor who had a very pedestrian career, showed just how much of a hidden talent he really was. He is the straw that mixes the entire movie into an American classic. Arguably one of the top 10 films of the 1940s and one of the best features of all time. 5 stars out of 5.

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