I recently rediscovered this film and there is something about it that just gets to you. Such rich old Brooklyn characters. The scene in which Katie begs the doctor to just list 'pneumonia' on the death certificate is so sad. Nice touches like having the grandmother live in Sheepshead Bay which in the early 1900s was a pleasant seaside community, a long trolley ride from Williamsburg.
Francie would have grown up in Brooklyn at about the same time my Italian immigrant grandmother was growing up across the East River in Manhattan. The movie depicts a Brooklyn that was gone even by the year the movie came out in 1945. Ironic but the neighborhood depicted in the movie, Williamsburg, is now an upscale area home to luxurious high rise apartment buildings.
Too bad this movie is apparently not available as a standalone dvd/Blu-ray.