A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Release Date 1945-02-28
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1945 film, the first film directed by Greek-American director Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner. The film is based on an American novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith first published in 1943. It relates the coming-of-age story of its main character, Francie Nolan, against a backdrop of tenement life in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, in the early 20th century. A 1974 made-for-television film A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, starring Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, Pamelyn Ferdin and James Olson, was adapted from the 1945 screenplay by Tess Slesinger.

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Actors & Characters

Joan Blondell Joan Blondell
Dorothy McGuire Dorothy McGuire
Lloyd Nolan Lloyd Nolan
James Dunn James Dunn
Peggy Ann Garner Peggy Ann Garner
James Gleason James Gleason
John Alexander John Alexander


Leon Shamroy Cinematography
Elia Kazan Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Music
Alfred Newman Music
Louis D. Lighton Producer
Frank Davis Writer
Tess Slesinger Writer
Betty Smith Writer