Driftwood (1947 film)

Driftwood is a 1947 drama film produced and directed by Allan Dwan and starring Natalie Wood as a little orphan girl who adopts a collie. The movie also stars Ruth Warrick, Walter Brennan, Dean Jagger and Charlotte Greenwood.

Directed byAllan Dwan
Produced byAllan Dwan
Written byMary Loos
Richard Sale
StarringRuth Warrick
Walter Brennan
Dean Jagger
Charlotte Greenwood
Natalie Wood
Music byNathan Scott
Cy Feuer
CinematographyJohn Alton
Edited byArthur Roberts
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • September 15, 1947 (1947-09-15)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States



Critical response

On February 1, 2018, Richard Brody of The New Yorker praised Driftwood as an "electrifying, eccentric masterwork" from director Allan Dwan, a film that has a "near-journalistic devotion to detail" and "both typifies and expands Dwan’s core inspiration: his dramatization of a thick tangle of social connections and conflicting lines of power and passion that seemingly bring the town itself to life along with its individual characters." Brody also commented that the character of Jenny Hollingsworth is "one of the most idiosyncratic and original child characters I’ve seen in a Hollywood movie".[1]


A new restoration of Driftwood by Paramount Pictures, The Film Foundation, and Martin Scorsese was screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on February 2, 2018. The screening was part of the museum's program of showcasing 30 restored films from the library of Republic Pictures curated by Scorsese.[2]


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