One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945) profiles a family in a crowded tenement in 1915 who manages to enjoy life despite their poverty and Papa's alcoholism. James Dunne stars in this 129-minute film.