Street Scene (1931)

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Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Collier Jr. ...
David Landau ...
Matt McHugh ...
Russell Hopton ...
Greta Granstedt ...
Mae Jones (as Greta Grandstedt)
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Dick McGann (as Allan Fox)
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In a hot summer afternoon in New York, Emma Jones gossips with other neighbors of her residential building about the affair of Mrs. Anna Maurrant and the milkman Steve Sankey. When the rude Mr. Frank Maurrant arrives, they change the subject. Meanwhile, their teenage daughter Rose Maurrant is sexually harassed by her boss Mr. Bert Easter; however, she likes her Jewish neighbor Sam that has a crush on her. On the next morning, Frank tells that is traveling to Stanford on business. Mrs. Maurrant meets the gentle Sankey in her apartment, but out of the blue Frank comes back home in an announced tragedy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

5 September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Engel der Strasse  »

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$584,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Film debut of Matt McHugh. See more »


Mrs. Anna Maurrant: I think the trouble is that people don't want to make allowances. They don't seem to realize that everybody wants a kind word now and... then.
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The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
Played as background music twice when children are playing
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Classic Early Masterpiece of Urban Living!
5 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1931, King Vidor adapted Elmer Rice's stage play to the screen without missing a beat. There is a first rate ensemble cast including the wonderful Sylvia Sydney as Rose Moran, the daughter of an Irish father and American mother. She works in an office with a boss who is after her for more than company. Her father is cold and distant from her lonely mother. Rose finds friendship and love with Sam Kaplan, a Russian Jewish neighbor. Despite their religious and ethnic differences, there is a genuine and authentic nature of their relationship. You can't help but rooting for them. Beulah Bondi plays nosy, opinionated Mrs. Jones who walks her beloved dog, Queenie. She's a hoot. The film version does justice since we never see what life is like behind the apartment doors. The tenement building on the Lower East Side of New York City is a mixture of religions and backgrounds, Irish, Italian, Russian, Jewish, living together and trying to survive in the Great Depression. The film has quite an ending and the tension does build up to it greatly. It's well-written and believable as a bunch of neighbors talk in the hot weather with their open windows about the other residents and local gossip.

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