The details of Irish family life in the turn-of-the-century Brooklyn tenements come alive in this adaptation of the wonderful book by Betty Smith (nee Elizabeth Keogh). In the film, the family is not labeled as such, yet the names are unmistakably Irish. Perhaps this omission is to save face. Perhaps the filmmakers thought the father, a drunkard, would be considered a negative stereotype had his heritage been named. The film clearly depicts the strong capable woman as head of the household.
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Director Elia Kazan
Writer Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis
Cast Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Ted Donaldson, Lloyd Nolan,
James Gleason, Peggy Ann Garner