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It Grows on Trees (1952)

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

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Polly Baxter
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Phil Baxter
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Diane Baxter
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Ralph Bowen
Edith Meiser ...
Mrs. Pryor
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Finlay Murchison
Forrest Lewis ...
Dr. Burrows
Malcolm Lee Beggs ...
Henry Carrollman
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John Letherby
Bob Sweeney ...
McGuire
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Flip Baxter
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Midge Baxter
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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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Comedy | Fantasy

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2 September 1952 (USA)  »

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There's Nothing Like Money  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Trees
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Music by Oscar Rasbach
in title music]
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A sad end to Irene Dunne's film career.
29 May 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1930s and 40s, Irene Dunne was one of the top actresses in Hollywood. However, by the time she made "It Grows on Trees" she was older and her prospects a bit dimmer. In fact, it would turn out to be her final movie and the rest of her career she'd appear in a few television productions. It's sad, though, that this final film appearance was in such a dopey production. Why is it dopey? Well, just listen to the plot...the Baxter family have a tree that begins growing money...money that appears to be 100% REAL!

When the picture begins, Phil and Polly Baxter (Dean Jagger and Irene Dunne) are arguing over money. It seems it's really tight in their household and Phil is trying to get Polly to live within their means. But she keeps wanting to spend it on various things for the kids...even though they cannot afford it. Suddenly, as if an answer to prayer, money starts appearing around their property and it takes a while for them to realize that they've got a money tree!

The plot to this film is pretty stupid...that's hard to deny. The actors seem to try their best to make it work, though with such a ridiculous plot even the greatest actors in history couldn't make much of this fluff. And, in this case, Dunne in particular is NOT very good...mostly because her character is pretty annoying.


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