A Tree Grows In Brooklyn(1945)
Starring: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner, Lloyd Nolan, James Gleason and Ted Donaldosn
Elia Kazan made his directorial debut with this adaptation of Betty Smith’s novel about a young girl growing up in turn-of-the-century New York, trying to rise above her tenement existence.
Sentimentally filmed by Kazan, this Oscar winner is distinguished with astounding
performances by James Dunn as the wistful,alcoholic father, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor; and Dorothy McGuire as a strong-willed mother steadfastly holding the family together no matter what crisis arises. Peggy Ann Garner won a special Oscar for her performance as their 13-year old daughter, Francie (Most Promising Juvenile Performer). Joan Blondell co-stars as Francie’s flamboyant, free-spirited aunt, whose means of financial support is a neverending source of neighborhood gossip.
‘Here’s one of the occasions when Hollywood rises to brilliant heights of artistic accomplishment… A warm, sincere and deeply moving film’ – News of the World
Release Date: 12th May 2014
Year of production: 1945
Director: Elia Kazan
Running Time: 110 min
Cat No: 139235
No Disc: 1