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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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Polly Baxter
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Joan Evans ...
Diane Baxter
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Ralph Bowen
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Mrs. Pryor
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Finlay Murchison
Forrest Lewis ...
Dr. Burrows
Malcolm Lee Beggs ...
Henry Carrollman
Frank Ferguson ...
John Letherby
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McGuire
Dee Pollock ...
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The wonderful story of a wish come true!

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2 September 1952 (USA)  »

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A Árvore da Fortuna  »

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Final film of Irene Dunne. See more »

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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 »

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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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Money Trees Very Silly
26 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Irene Dunne ended her big screen career with this rather mediocre and innocuous comedy/fantasy about a woman who gets two trees from a nursery for her backyard. What spendable foliage they both sprout.

This film proposes to give lie to the homily about money not growing on trees. Definitely It Does Grow On Trees in this film and it's providing all kinds of found cash so that Irene Dunne can pay off the mortgage and get all kinds of other items and bills caught up.

At first the family doesn't know where this windfall is coming from and Dean Jagger who comes off rather silly and pompous wants to put an ad in the paper and take it to the police. Has he never heard that other old adage about looking a gift horse in the mouth. But Jagger will not have his way as Dunne puts her foot down.

Naturally Dunne wants to keep it a secret and tries her best, but she has a nosy and thieving neighbor in Edith Meiser who is responsible for letting the secret get out. After that the whole economy of the nation is imperiled. As if Harry Truman didn't have enough to worry about in the White House.

The idea of a money tree could have been used in a much better then what we got here. I'm sure if Irene Dunne knew that this would be her last big screen appearance she would never have made it this. Better to go out as Queen Victoria whom she played in her previous film The Mudlark. Dunne would do some small screen appearances, note in her credits appearances in Insight and The Christophers religious programming. That was another of her interests she, Loretta Young, and Rosalind Russell were the Catholic trio of Hollywood. Most importantly President Eisenhower appointed her to the United Nations delegation headed by Henry Cabot Lodge for her work in getting Ike elected. She liked Ike and Ike liked her.

As for what happens to Dunne and her special trees? Some jocular letters written by representatives of the Treasury, Agriculture Department and the IRS aid her cause. And the trees. Well the money is foliage and it does what foliage does.

Maybe someone today will take this idea and come up with a really charming fantasy film.


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