A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Synopsis: In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa can get his act together.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Elia Kazan
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

Oh, that's too bad.

It was kind of pretty there with

birds sitting in it sometimes.

Papa loved that tree.

Quit mooning over it. It got

in the way of the washing.

A tree ain't gonna put

no pennies in the bank.

It's Mr. Barker.

Get out the good cup and

saucer and give it a wipe.

And, Francie, you can stay in the room,

if you want,

while Mr. Barker's here.

How do you do,

Mr. Barker?

How do you do,


Mama is temporarily detained,

but will join you directly.

Hello, Neeley.


Why, Francie, you got

manners right out of a book.

And company

or no company,

Mrs. Nolan always

looks the lady.

You should see

some of my people,

even ladies with husbands

that work steady.

Won't you go into the parlor

and have a cup of coffee?

That, I will. And your hospitality

is very kind, Mrs. Nolan.

Well, old man Gentry's

off to jail again.

That's too bad.

But she's keeping up his

insurance just the same.

And here's ours. Ten cents

for me, 10 cents for Mr. Nolan,

a nickel for each

of the children.

And you'll never

regret it, Mrs. Nolan.

A fine funeral for every member

of the family, heaven forbid.

And now your weekly

receipts, Mrs. Nolan.

Now there's one party

not far from here,

I wouldn't like to say who, that

didn't get no receipts this week.

And naming no names,

I will say

that it's a family

that the angel of death

has marked on his invitation

list. Heaven forbid.

Henny says his sister's

got one foot in the grave.


It'll mean Potter's Field, most likely.

Thank you, Francie.

Well, that's

what people get.

Wasting good money to give her

dresses instead of insurance.

Dresses that'll last

longer than she will.

All depends on what

folks thinks is important.

Papa says dresses...

That's right,

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Tess Slesinger

Tess Slesinger (16 July 1905 – 21 February 1945) was an American writer and screenwriter and a member of the New York intellectual scene. more…

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