A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (film)


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (film)

Infobox_Film
name = A Tree Grows In Brooklyn


imdb_id = 0038190
writer = Frank Davis
Tess Slesinger
Betty Smith (novel)
starring = Dorothy McGuire
Peggy Ann Garner
Joan Blondell
James Dunn
Lloyd Nolan
director = Elia Kazan
editing = Dorothy Spencer
producer = Louis D. Lighton
music = Jerry Goldsmith
distributor =
released = February 28, 1945
runtime = 128 min
language = English
budget =

"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 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 Brooklyn, New York, at the turn of the 20th century.

A 1974 made-for-television film, starring Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, Pamelyn Ferdin and James Olson, was adapted from the 1945 screenplay by Tess Slesinger.

Plot

Dorothy McGuire stars 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 Dunn won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and the film was also nominated for best Writing, Screenplay for Frank Davis and Tess Slesinger (1946), which was though won by Robert E. Sherwood for The Best Years of Our Lives.

References

External links

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