It Grows on Trees

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It Grows on Trees
It Grows on Trees FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by Leonard Goldstein
Written by Leonard Praskins
Barney Slater
Starring Irene Dunne
Dean Jagger
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Maury Gertsman
Edited by Milton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • September 2, 1952 (1952-09-02) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

It Grows on Trees is a 1952 fantasy comedy film directed by Arthur Lubin starring Irene Dunne in her final screen role.


The story is about a couple who discover two trees in their backyard that grow money. One morning a few days after Polly Baxter (Dunne) purchased a couple of trees and planted them in her backyard, a $5 bill floats in through an open window, spurring a curious turn of luck to her family's ongoing financial concerns.

As she continues to collect more in the following days and weeks, Polly finds that the money is actually growing on the new trees that she planted and keeps that discovery from her husband Philip (Dean Jagger). Polly finds ways to use the money, while her husband wants it to be turned in to the police.

The neighbors, the media, the bank, the I.R.S., and the U.S. Treasury all get involved. Comedy ensues as the Baxters struggle with newfound ethical dilemmas; e.g., is this money legal or counterfeit, and what happens when the money dries up like an old leaf? All the time, however, Polly maintains that the world is full of wonder, if only people would believe.


Other cast members include:

Joan Evans, Richard Crenna, Edith Meiser, Les Tremayne, Forrest Lewis, Frank Ferguson, Bob Sweeney, Malcolm Lee Beggs, and Dee Pollock.

Radio adaptation[edit]

It Grows on Trees was presented on Radio Theater November 16, 1953. The one-hour adaptation starred Ginger Rogers and Marcia Henderson.[1]


  1. ^ Kirby, Walter (November 15, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved July 7, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read

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