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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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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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5 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Der Engel der Strasse  »

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$584,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The play opened in New York City, New York, USA, on 10 January 1929 and had 601 performances. Eight performers in the movie originated their roles in the play: T.H. Manning, Beulah Bondi, Conway Washburne, John Qualen, Matt McHugh, Ann Kostant, Eleanor Wesselhoeft and George Humbert. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929 for best drama. See more »

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The movie supposedly takes place in NY's Lower East side. At the very end of closing credits, a shot from directly above tenement pans to the high-rises off in the distance. The closest recognizable skyscraper is the Chrysler Building at 42nd St, then off in the distance behind, there is the Empire State Building at 34th St. This means that the view is southwards and must be taken from the upper East Side, always an affluent part of Manhattan where no tenement has ever been built. See more »

Quotes

Emma Jones: Aw, men are all alike. They're all easy enough to get along with so long as everything goes the way they want it to, but once it don't, good night.
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Prelude, Opus 28, #4
Written by Frédéric Chopin
played as a piano/violin duet by unseen performers inside house
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Gossips, Small Talks, Adultery and Murders in a Hot Summer Day in New York
3 March 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a hot summer afternoon in New York, Emma Jones (Beulah Bondi) gossips with other neighbors of her residential building about the affair of Mrs. Anna Maurrant (Estelle Taylor) and the milkman Steve Sankey (Russell Hopton). When the rude Mr. Frank Maurrant (David Landau) arrives, they change the subject. Meanwhile, their teenage daughter Rose Maurrant (Sylvia Sidney) is sexually harassed by her boss Mr. Bert Easter (Walter Miller); however, she likes her Jewish neighbor Sam (William Collier Jr.) 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.

"Street Scene" is an unknown early sound movie directed by King Vidor based on a play of Elmer Rice that explores the new technology to the maximum. The awesome story of gossips, small talks, adultery and murders in a hot day in New York has witty and feral dialogs associated to excellent performances and magnificent camera work. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "No Turbilhão da Metrópole" ("In the Whirlpool of the Metropolis")


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