A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Rated PG 128 minutes 1945

This adaptation of the classic novel tells the story of young Francie Nolan (Peggy Ann Garner) who yearns for life beyond her Brooklyn apartment building. While her daily routine is difficult, she makes the best of her situation, living with her hard-working mother (Dorothy McGuire), alcoholic father (James Dunn) and tough little brother (Ted Donaldson). Encouraged by her kind but irresponsible dad, Francie struggles to keep her hopes up and persevere despite all the odds against her.

Film Credits

Director: Elia Kazan

Writer: Frank Davis, Anita Loos, Tess Slesinger and Betty Smith

Producer: Louis D. Lighton

Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Peggy Ann Garner, James Dunn, Joan Blondell, Lloyd Nolan, Ted Donaldson, James Gleason, Ruth Nelson, John Alexander, B.S. Pully, Ferike Boros, Charles Halton, Patricia McFadden, Robert Strange, Robert Tait, J. Farrell MacDonald, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, George Melford, John Berkes, Lillian Bronson, Al Bridge, Joseph J. Greene, Virginia Brissac, Harry Harvey Jr. and Bobby Anderson

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