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Street Scene (1931)

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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Rose Maurrant
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Sam Kaplan
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Matt McHugh ...
Vincent Jones
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Steve Sankey
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Mae Jones (as Greta Grandstedt)
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ...
Marguerite 'Greta' Fiorentino
Allen Fox ...
Dick McGann (as Allan Fox)
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Alice Simpson - Welfare Worker
Margaret Robertson ...
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Walter James ...
Police Marshal James Henry
Max Montor ...
Abe Kaplan
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Bert Easter - Rose's Boss
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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)  »

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Der Engel der Strasse  »

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

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The surviving print, preserved by the Library of Congress, and occasionally shown on TCM, is the post-Production Code re-release (bearing the re-release Seal of Approval), but since it runs exactly 1:28:40, apparently little alteration was made from the original, whose 1931 New York City opening was clocked at 80 minutes. However, on a couple of occasions, lines of dialogue have been obviously edited out that evidently failed to pass post-code regulations. See more »

Quotes

Emma Jones: The trouble with a bath is by the time you're through you're just as hot!
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Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
Played as background music twice when children are playing
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BEST HOLLYWOOD MOVIE OF THE THIRTIES
2 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Hollywood movie of the thirties, and it's hard to tell why. It has a radiance that no other movie has. It's filmed theater, but somehow more alive than real life. It takes ordinary life and challenges us to see the beauty in it, or even the ugliness, anything rather than nothing. It depicts a sordid life, but isn't all life sordid? All actors are wonderful, especially Bondi and Sydney. The camera work is a dream. It makes you love people. Cheap theatrics are deftly avoided. This is art. It makes a symphony of cacophony.


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