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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  /  Three Girls About Town

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
December 3, 2016 - 7:30 pm
author Jeremy Arnold, Ted Donaldson.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  (1945)

Director Elia Kazan’s feature debut was also a welcomed opportunity for Joan Blondell to prove herself in a prestige picture.  While she later noted that some of her best scenes as Aunt Sally, the black sheep member of the Nolan clan, were cut under pressure from censors, she steals the film whenever she’s onscreen as the family’s voice of hard-won experience.

DCP, b/w, 128 min.  DIR: Elia Kazan.  SCR: Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis.  CAST: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Ted Donaldson.

Three Girls About Town  (1941)

This screwball comedy finds Joan Blondell playing the eldest of three sisters who work as “convention hostesses” in a busy hotel simultaneously holding gatherings of morticians, magicians and labor leaders whose negotiations have implications for national security.  All three calamitously collide after Blondell discovers a body in an adjoining room and tries to hide it hoping to avoid scandal.

35mm, b/w, 75 min.  DIR: Leigh Jason.  SCR: Richard Carroll.  CAST: Joan Blondell, John Howard, Binnie Barnes.