- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (film)
name = A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
imdb_id = 0038190
writer = Frank Davis
Tess Slesinger Betty Smith(novel)
Dorothy McGuire Peggy Ann Garner Joan Blondell
Louis D. Lighton
February 28, 1945
runtime = 128 min
language = English
"A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" is a 1945
film, the first film directed by Greek-American director Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner.
The film is based on an American
novelA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smithfirst published in 1943. It relates the coming-of-age story of its main character, Francie Nolan, against a backdrop of tenementlife in Brooklyn, New York, at the turn of the 20th century.
A 1974 made-for-television film, starring
Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, Pamelyn Ferdinand James Olson, was adapted from the 1945 screenplayby Tess Slesinger.
Dorothy McGuirestars as Katie Nolan, mother of earnest young teenager Francie ( Peggy Ann Garner) and streetwise pre-teenage Neeley ( Ted Donaldson). McGuire's husband is charming dreamer James Dunn, whose drinking and inability to find steady work condemn his family to poverty. Their free spirited, oft-married Aunt Sissy ( Joan Blondell) is an occasional visitor. The story takes place around 1900, in a Brooklyn tenement.
Because the book is lengthy and takes place from before Francie is born till after she is 16 years old, the movie concentrates on Francie as a teenager 14 - 15.
Also one of Katie's sisters is eliminated and her qualities and quotes from the book are giving to Sissy, somewhat toning down her character. Other characters like Francies school teacher are changed to protaganists to ease the transition to film
Awards and Nominations
James Dunnwon the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and the film was also nominated for best Writing, Screenplay for Frank Davisand Tess Slesinger(1946), which was though won by Robert E. Sherwoodfor The Best Years of Our Lives.
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