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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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Greta Granstedt ...
Mae Jones (as Greta Grandstedt)
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Dick McGann (as Allan Fox)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Engel der Strasse  »

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Budget:

$584,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Louis Natheaux is listed in studio records for the role of "Easter", but he was replaced by Walter Miller. See more »

Goofs

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

Mr. Frank Maurrant: Some baby of a day.
Mrs. Anna Maurrant: Everything's well at work, Frank?
Mr. Frank Maurrant: I'll say I've been working. Dress rehearsin' since 12:00 with lights in this weather. Tomorrow I gotta go to Stanford for the trial.
Mrs. Anna Maurrant: Oh, you're going to Stanford tomorrow?
Mr. Frank Maurrant: Sure, the whole crew's goin'. Why, what about it?
Mrs. Anna Maurrant: Nothing.
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Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung offscreen by an unidentifed male after Rose throws Sam a kiss
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A wonderful antique
16 June 2003 | by (western Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

It shows its age, and that's part of its charm. It's filled with old-fashioned ethnic stereotypes, but that makes it even more fascinating. This movie is a time machine; hop into it and you'll see a gritty and realistic picture of working-class New York City life in the early 1930s. It's pre-Code, so the language is blunt and the sexuality more open. The plot isn't Shakespeare, but it grabs onto you anyway, and the characters are so attractive and watchable that you become part of their neighborhood. A piece of cinematic and social history that is well worth your 80 minutes of time.


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