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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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The best movie ever adapted from a novel See more (68 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 
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 (1994)
129 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Germany:0 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #10160) | USA:PG (certificate #33389) (1994)

Did You Know?

After being so impressed by the dailies of the film, executives at Fox wanted to re-shoot the entire movie in Technicolor, but Elia Kazan refused.See more »
[first lines]
Katie Nolan:This'll be the last of them now, Francie.
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Movie Connections:
Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Lullaby)See more »


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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The best movie ever adapted from a novel, 13 May 2001

Dorothy McGuire gives the best performance I have ever seen from a lead actress. Period. And the rest of the cast from top to bottom is just about as perfect. Betty Smith's classic American novel not only comes to life, but adds dimension and poignancy, and it all revolves around McGuire's completely vulnerable yet incredibly strong performance. James Dunn deservedly won best actor for the best performance of his career. Other standouts include Blondell, Garner, Gleason, Nolan, Donaldson, and Alexander. The direction is impeccable and the photography makes you feel like you are living right there in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn with them. Not a single mundane detail is omitted or glorified, and none of the difficulties and embarrassments are whitewashed. This may well be the best purely American movie ever made.

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