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Director:
Writers:
Elmer Rice (play)
Elmer Rice (adaptation)
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Release Date:
5 September 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Classic Early Masterpiece of Urban Living! See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvia Sidney ... Rose Maurrant
William Collier Jr. ... Sam Kaplan

Estelle Taylor ... Mrs. Anna Maurrant

Beulah Bondi ... Emma Jones
David Landau ... Mr. Frank Maurrant
Matt McHugh ... Vincent Jones
Russell Hopton ... Steve Sankey
Greta Granstedt ... Mae Jones (as Greta Grandstedt)
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Marguerite 'Greta' Fiorentino
Allen Fox ... Dick McGann (as Allan Fox)
Nora Cecil ... Alice Simpson (welfare worker)
Margaret Robertson ... Minor Role
Walter James ... Marshal James Henry
Max Montor ... Abe Kaplan
Walter Miller ... Mr. Bert Easter (Rose's boss)
T.H. Manning ... George Jones
Conway Washburne ... Danny Buchanan

John Qualen ... Karl Olsen (as John M. Qualen)
Ann Kostant ... Shirley Kaplan
Adele Watson ... Olga Olsen
Lambert Rogers ... Willie Maurrant
George Humbert ... Filippo Fiorentino
Helen Lovett ... Laura Hildebrand
Richard Powell ... Officer Harry Murphy
Jane Mercer ... Minor Role
Monte Carter ... Minor Role (as Monti Carter)
Harry Wallace ... Fred Cullen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samuel Bonello ... Iceman / Intern (uncredited)
Virginia Davis ... Mary Hildebrand (uncredited)
Florence Enright ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilbur Higby ... Man (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Girl (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Easter (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Howard Russell ... Dr. John Wilson (uncredited)
Kenneth Seiling ... Charles Hildebrand (uncredited)
Renee Shearing ... Nursemaid #1 (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Lawrence Wagner ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Elmer Rice (play)

Elmer Rice (adaptation)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes 
Gregg Toland (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Bennett 
 
Casting by
Robert McIntyre (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Day (settings)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Bruce Humberstone .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Noyes .... sound technician (as Charles Noyes)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Gordon Nogle .... second camera operator
Kenneth Alexander .... still photographer (uncredited)
Hal Carney .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Judson Curtiss .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harvey Gould .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stuart Thompson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Robert McIntyre .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #1321-R, 29 August 1935 for re-release)

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Mrs. Anna Maurrant:I often think it's a shame that people don't seem able to live together in peace and quiet without making each other miserable.See more »
Soundtrack:
Frühlingslied (Spring Song), Op. 62, No. 6See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Classic Early Masterpiece of Urban Living!, 5 December 2009
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

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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