A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
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One-time movie song-and-dance man James Dunn won an Academy Award for his "comeback" performance in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Based on the best-selling novel by Betty Smith, the film relates the trials and tribulations of a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn tenement family. The father, Dunn, is a likable but irresponsible alcoholic whose dreams of improving his family's lot are invariably doomed to disappointment. The mother, Dorothy McGuire, is the true head of the household, steadfastly holding the
Feb 28, 1945 Wide
Feb 22, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Peggy Ann Garner
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Carney the junkman
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Werner the butcher
Joseph J. Greene
Harry Harvey Jr.
Charley the iceman
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Principal of Schools
Robert Malcolm Young
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Where Tree is frequently slow, it is offset by the story's significance and pointed up notably by the direction of Elia Kazan.
Elia Kazan has directed this picture, his first, with an easy naturalness that has brought out all the tone of real experience in a vastly affecting film.
Kazan's first film, a sentimental family melodrama, is well acted (James Dunn won a Supporting Oscar), but it doesn't begin to suggest the powerful director he would become in the 1950s.
Rarely has the dream factory lavished such skill on such destitution and such insistence that people are not really that changeable in nature.
This episodic, charmingly sentimental movie is a trifle lengthy but never tedious.
Kazan's film has a sharp eye for social detail, but avoids giving occulted status to the peeling paper, damp walls and austere kitchen table.
This family has a great deal of love but a lot of difficulty showing it.
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