A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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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.

Release details

Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Elia Kazan
Screenwriter: Frank Davis, Tess Slesinger
Cast: Dorothy McGuire
Joan Blondell
James Dunn
Lloyd Nolan
James Gleason
Ted Donaldson
Peggy Ann Garner
Ruth Nelson
John Alexander
B.S. Pully