A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
on TV 04-12-1998
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a quiet and moving drama about a poor, Irish family who struggles to make ends meet in Brooklyn around the turn of the century. Katie and Johnny still love each other, but Johnny is a dreamer and a drunkard who is maybe too good for this world. He is a loving father and husband, but he is no good as a breadwinner.
The tree of the title is a symbol of the sheer life force of nature in a more general way and of the Nolan family.
Although the film is more than half a century old, you can still discern the qualities that the audience of 1945 found.
Tess Slesinger and Frank Davis from Betty Smith's novel.
|Peggy Ann Garner||Francie Nolan|
|James Dunn||Johnny Nolan|
|Dorothy McGuire||Katie Nolan|
|Joan Blondell||Aunt Sissy|
|Ted Donaldson||Neely Nolan|
|Ruth Nelson||Miss McDonough|
|John Alexander||Steve Edwards|
|Charles Halton||Mr. Barker|
|J. Farrell MacDonald||Carney|
|George Melford||Mr. Spencer|
|Mae Marsh||Tynmore sister|
|Virginia Brissac||Miss Tilford|
|Nicholas Ray||Bakery clerk||
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