A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1945.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The book that has been clasped to many an earnest child’s breast was brought to the screen with vitality and vivid emotional detail in 1945, lorded over by young ‘s performance in the lead role. She plays a mistreated young girl growing up in working-class Brooklyn whose life is affected by the goings-on in her grimy apartment building and surrounding neighbourhood, none more memorable to her than her miserably unhappy alcoholic father (James Dunn) and her patient and hardworking mother (Dorothy McGuire).

Academy Award:  Best Supporting Actor (James Dunn)
Nomination: Best Screenplay


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