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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG | | Drama, Romance | March 1945 (USA)
Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Katie Nolan
... Aunt Sissy
... Johnny Nolan
... Officer McShane
... McGarrity
... Neeley Nolan
... Francie
... Miss McDonough
... Steve Edwards
B.S. Pully ... Christmas Tree Vendor
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In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa can get his act together. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Rated PG for mild depiction of mature plot material | See all certifications »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Tierney was originally cast as Katie Nolan. When Tierney became pregnant, Dorothy McGuire was given the role. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny gets up from Francie's bed, the movements of Francie's mouth do not match the words she is speaking. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Katie Nolan: This'll be the last of them now, Francie.
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Connections

Referenced in Batman: An Egg Grows in Gotham (1966) See more »

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Oh! You Beautiful Doll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Performed on piano during the opening credits
Played often in the score
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People will still be enjoying this movie 100 years from now
31 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was not around in 1945 so I have no idea what was going on in the minds of the people who voted for what would be the five nominees for best picture of that year. Maybe this was just one of those movies that somehow didn't register right at first. Or maybe a movie about people living in poverty was not considered proper Oscar material. Anyway, I am sure there are millions today who agree with me that this is one of the great and beautiful movies of all time. The characters are so down to earth real and believable. Except maybe for the aforementioned poverty, you can identify with them and their situation and, therefore, you care about them. There are several very good and solid performances and then there is, of course, Peggy Ann Garner's performance; maybe the best ever by a juvenile in movie history. The most memorable scene for me is near the end, when the audience has just about forgotten about Papa, the director reminds us of him with the flowers and card found by Francie. I tell people who have not seen this movie that near the end there is a scene that will grab them around the throat. At least the voters saw fit to award Oscars to Peggy Ann and James Dunn.


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