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Release Date:
March 1945 (USA) See more »
A Great and Haunting Book Pours Its "Heart" Out on the Screen! 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 
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) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #10160) | USA:PG (certificate #33389) (1994)

Did You Know?

According to Turner Classic Movies, Joan Blondell performed a very "adult" scene during the filming of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," which the sensors deleted from the film's final cut. The Nolan children find a condom, and her character, Aunt Sissy, is tasked with describing to them what it is. She approaches this explanation with compassion as opposed to clinical coldness. Despite the fact that this scene was omitted from the final product, Blondell always considered it "the best work she ever did on screen."See more »
Factual errors: When the girl is ironing, she never gets a hot iron off the stove; back then, said irons had to be heated from some heat source, usually the stove top. One was used while another was being heated, and then the person would switch when the one ironing got too cool to press the wrinkles out.See more »
[first lines]
Katie Nolan:This'll be the last of them now, Francie.
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59 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Did not expect to be so moved by this movie, 13 March 2002
Author: Scarlett O from Boston, MA

I watched this movie for the first time on TNT last night and was totally blown away. Peggy Ann Garner who plays Francie is a brilliant actress...and at such an early age. I remember we had to read the book in school in the 1960's (!) but I never saw the movie until now. The characters were so convincing, I was transported to Brooklyn, circa early 1900's and never left for 2 hours and 20 minutes. I went to bed thinking about this movie and woke up this morning with it's after affect still lingering in my mind. A "must see" for everyone of all ages. This one's a gem.

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