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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ()


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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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Katie Nolan
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Aunt Sissy
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Johnny Nolan
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Officer McShane
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McGarrity
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Neeley Nolan
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Francie
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Miss McDonough
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Steve Edwards
B.S. Pully ...
Christmas Tree Vendor
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Augie (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Mr. Creckenbox (uncredited)
Linda Bieber ...
Girl (uncredited)
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Old man on second floor landing (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ...
Grandma Rommely (uncredited)
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Cheap Charlie (uncredited)
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Miss Tilford (uncredited)
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Librarian (uncredited)
Boots Brown ...
Boy (uncredited)
Sally Ann Brown ...
Girl (uncredited)
Sheila Brown ...
Girl (uncredited)
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Library Patron (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Carr ...
Undetermined (uncredited)
James B. Carson ...
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Werner (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ...
The Barber (uncredited)
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Mrs. Waters (uncredited)
Harry Denny ...
Undetermined (uncredited)
Joy Duguay ...
Girl (uncredited)
Al Eben ...
Union Man (uncredited)
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Undetermined (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Robert Ferrero ...
Raider (uncredited)
Elvin Field ...
Boy (uncredited)
Norman Field ...
Principal (uncredited)
Jean Fowler ...
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Paul Graeff ...
Raider (uncredited)
Vincent Graeff ...
Henny Gaddis (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greene ...
Hassler (uncredited)
Irving Gump ...
Undetermined (uncredited)
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Christmas Tree Customer (uncredited)
Ethyl May Halls ...
Undetermined (uncredited)
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Mr. Barker (uncredited)
Mary Lou Harrington ...
Girl (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
Herschel Knutson (uncredited)
Paul Hilton ...
Boy (uncredited)
Janice Hood ...
Girl (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ...
Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Edna Jackson ...
Tynmore Sister (uncredited)
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Boy at Christmas Tree Throw (uncredited)
Eva Lee Kuney ...
Girl (uncredited)
Jacqueline Larkin ...
Girl (uncredited)
Jack Lawrence ...
Bakery Clerk (uncredited)
Susan Lester ...
Flossie Gaddis (uncredited)
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Carney The Junkman (uncredited)
Gerald Mackey ...
Raider (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ...
Undetermined (uncredited)
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Tynmore Sister (uncredited)
Patricia McFadden ...
Sheila (uncredited)
Mickey McGuire ...
Raider (uncredited)
George Meader ...
Principal (uncredited)
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Mr. Spencer (uncredited)
Sue Moore ...
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Ronnie Pattison ...
Boy (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ...
Priest at Funeral (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ...
Undetermined (uncredited)
Gordon Rader ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Bakery Clerk (uncredited)
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Undetermined (uncredited)
Walt Robbins ...
Junkman (uncredited)
Nancy June Robinson ...
Girl (uncredited)
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Undertaker (uncredited)
Tony Santoro ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ...
Floorwalker at 5 & 10 Cent Store (uncredited)
Danny Shaw ...
Raider (uncredited)
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Charley (uncredited)
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Boy (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Robert Tait ...
Street Singer (uncredited)
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Teen-Age Girl in Classroom (uncredited)
Dink Trout ...
Undetermined (uncredited)
Joyce Tucker ...
Girl (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ...
Candy Store Proprietor (uncredited)
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Sheila's Mother (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ...
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Directed by

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Elia Kazan

Written by

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Tess Slesinger ... (screen play) and
Frank Davis ... (screen play)
 
Betty Smith ... (adapted from the novel by)
 
Anita Loos ... (contributor to dialogue) (uncredited)

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Louis D. Lighton ... producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

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Leon Shamroy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Dorothy Spencer ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

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Thomas Little ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Bonnie Cashin ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Guy Pearce ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Saul Wurtzel ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank E. Hughes ... associate set decorator
Nick Kalten ... head of landscape department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bernard Freericks ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)

Special Effects by

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Edwin Hammeras ... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edward Snyder ... transparency projection shots (uncredited)

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Curt Fetters ... second camera (uncredited)
E. Truman Joiner ... key grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Edward B. Powell ... orchestral arrangements (as Edward Powell)
Murray Spivack ... music mixer (uncredited)
Vinton Vernon ... music mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Gertrude Kingston ... research assistant (uncredited)
Arthur Pierson ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Nicholas Ray ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson ... research director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Le lys de Brooklyn (France)
  • Lazos humanos (Spain)
  • Det växte ett träd i Brooklyn (Sweden)
  • Laços Humanos (Brazil)
  • Χαμένα νειάτα (Greece)
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  • 129 min
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Trivia After being so impressed by the dailies of the film, executives at Fox wanted to re-shoot the entire movie in Technicolor, but Elia Kazan refused. See more »
Goofs When the girl is ironing, she never gets a hot iron off the stove; back then, said irons had to be heated from some heat source, usually the stove top. One was used while another was being heated, and then the person would switch when the one ironing got too cool to press the wrinkles out. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey (1995). See more »
Soundtracks I've Got Rings on My Fingers (Mumbo Jumbo Jijjiboo J. O'Shea) See more »
Quotes Francie Nolan: Out the window, our tree they killed it!
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Well, would you like at that now.
Francie Nolan: They didn't have any right to kill it did they papa!
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Now wait a minute. They didn't kill it. Why they couldn't kill that tree.
Francie Nolan: Promise?
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Why sure baby. Don't tell me that tree is gonna lay down and die that easily. Look at that tree. See where it's coming from. Right up outta that cement! Didn't nobody plant it. Didn't ask the cement to grow. It just couldn't help growing so much it just pushed that old cement out of the way. Now when you bust it with something like that, can't anybody help it, like... like that little ole bird up there. He didn't ask anybody could he sing and he certainly didn't take any lessons. He's so full of singing it just has to bust out someplace. Why they could cut that ole tree right down to the ground and a root would push up someplace else in the cement.
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