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It Grows on Trees (1952)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Polly Baxter
Phil Baxter
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The wonderful story of a wish come true!


Fantasy | Comedy


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Release Date:

2 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

There's Nothing Like Money  »

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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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Enjoyably light comedy
26 September 2001 | by (Leonia, NJ) – See all my reviews

Irene Dunne is irrepressible as a housewife who grows a money tree in her yard. Dunne truly is the show but gets plenty of able support. Dean Jagger is appropriately befuddle as her stuffy husband who finds himself fighting a moral dilemma all by himself. Richard Crenna is marvelous in a key supporting role. Not much substance, but an engaging way to kill an hour and a half.

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