It Grows on Trees (1952)

Approved  |   |  Fantasy, Comedy  |  2 September 1952 (USA)
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What happens when an American family gets two trees that grow spendable money.



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Complete credited cast:
Polly Baxter
Phil Baxter
Joan Evans ...
Diane Baxter
Ralph Bowen
Edith Meiser ...
Mrs. Pryor
Finlay Murchison
Forrest Lewis ...
Dr. Burrows
Malcolm Lee Beggs ...
Henry Carrollman
John Letherby
Bob Sweeney ...
Dee Pollock ...
Flip Baxter
Sandy Descher ...
Midge Baxter


The Baxters are a typical happy American family trying to live on too little money. Mrs. Polly Baxter acquires two mysterious trees that got into a nursery shipment by mistake. Guess what: they turn out to be money trees! After initial problems, Polly decides to spend the money. But there's one logical consequence of money grown on trees that no one's considered. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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The wonderful story of a wish come true!


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Release Date:

2 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Árvore da Fortuna  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both William H. O'Brien and William J. O'Brien appear in this film (uncredited) as reporters. See more »


Montage of newspaper front pages includes photo of Polly posing with blooming money tree in backyard. But by time anyone (including press) became aware of her secret, the trees were already bare so no one would have had any reason to photograph her picking money off trees. See more »


Polly Baxter: Well, for your information, in case you're interested, I have more brains in my head than most people have in their little fingers!
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I Love Irene Dunne!
22 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is not among her best; however, as most commentators agree, it is a delightful comedy. The device of money growing on trees is, indeed, a verbal cliché. But adapting that cliché to cinema seems highly creative to me. How many films have you seen with similar grounds for a modern cinematic fable? For that matter, how many other modern fables have the movies produced?

The device also leads to some unexpected consequences. It sets up several unforeseen complications and conflicts. It is used to contrast various characters' attitudes toward "easy money." And, it provides a vehicle for poking gentle fun at government. It has a little more satirical slant than other reviewers seem to suggest. I think that there is a little more here than meets the eye. Cliché may be the starting point of this movie, but after that the tale is surprising, original, clever and highly entertaining - with a light touch of satire and commentary on human nature.

Oh yeah, this movie also provides some very fun and likable characters. The ensemble cast delivers very good performances to sustain interest in this fable at a high level. Irene Dunne, as always, is a complete delight. Dean Jagger delivers a performance that I really enjoyed watching. How many leading roles did he play in light comedies?

I recommend this clever little comedy.

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