W: Tess Slesinger & Frank Davis[based on the
novel by Betty Smith]
DP: Leon Shamroy
Ed: Dorothy Spencer
Mus: Alfred Newman
Dorothy McGuire (Katie Nolan), Joan Blondell (Aunt
Sissy), James Dunn(Johnny Nolan), Lloyd Nolan (McShane), Peggy Ann Garner(Francie Nolan), Ted Donaldson (Neeley Nolan)
Elia Kazan's first directorial assignment was bringing Betty
Smith's best-selling novel to the screen.
The story follows a family living in Brooklyn at the turn of
the 20th century, with matriarchal figure Katie Nolan struggling to save every penny, while the father of the family, Johnny uncontrollably spends it all on alcohol.
The film is blessed with a collection of excellent
performances, particularly Peggy Ann Garner as Francie, the young daughter of the family, and James Dunn, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his work.
The superb detail put into the production is so fine, you'd be
forgiven for not realising it was a studio-bound production.
It's a little overlong, and a little old-fashioned, but is
still a fine example of a 1940's family melodrama.