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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

In director Elia Kazan's coming of age drama (his first feature film):

  • the scene in a tenement window in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn in which improvident Irish singing waiter Johnny Nolan (Oscar-winning James Dunn) told his young 13 year-old daughter Francie (Special Oscar-winning Peggy Ann Garner) that she needn't worry that the neighbors had killed a tree nearby, with an optimistic tone: ("They didn't kill it, why they could cut that old tree right down to the ground and a root would push up someplace else in the cement. You wait until springtime, my darlin', you'll see")
  • the Christmas-time, bedtime scene when Johnny - a loser due to his drinking and irresponsibility - encouraged Francie's aspirations to grow up and be a writer, then watched her fall asleep, faced the truth and decided to go find a real job - and never came home again


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