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

Mr. Barker.

It all depends on what

folks thinks is important.

And how is Mr. Nolan? Is

he working or not working?

Some tell me one thing, some

another. Of course, I don't listen.

Mr. Nolan, being a

singing waiter, Mr. Barker,

and what you might

call an artist,

his work don't come steady

like other people's.

But I'm sure you'll remember

when you talk to folks

that the Nolans have always

paid their insurance on the dot.

You surely don't

think I go around

spreading gossip about

my clients, Mrs. Nolan.

Sure not. And how's

my mother, Mr. Barker?

In the prime, Mrs.

Nolan. Fine as can be.

And she says to tell

you she'll be over...

Over tonight,

same as usual.

And I trust you're pleased

with the news about your sister.

Just which news do you mean, Mr. Barker?

Well, now, she must be saving

it to surprise you with tonight

when the family's

all here together.

I'd take it kindly if

you told me what you mean.

Well, I trot around, same as

usual, to collect her weekly dime

and what do you

think happens?

Well, sir, she gives me two dimes.

Yes, sir,

she's done it again.

She's got herself

a brand-new husband.

Oh, no!

Well, now, I suppose you mean

about her still being married.

I don't mind saying I had

the same thought myself.

But I'm sure

it must be all right.

She must have made

some arrangement.

I'm quite sure she did,

Mr. Barker.

Does she call

this one Bill, too?

You children run along now

and do the marketing.

Go on. Take some money from the cup

and get a five-cent soup

bone off of Hassler's.

Don't get the chopped meat

from him, though.

He grinds it behind closed

doors and heaven only knows.

Go to Werner's

for the meat.

Ask for round steak,

chopped, 10 cents' worth.

And don't let him give

it to you off the plate.

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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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