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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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Cast

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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)
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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:
Emma Jones:The trouble with a bath is by the time you're through you're just as hot!See more »
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Prelude, Opus 28, #4See more »

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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
The Long, Hot Summer, 10 August 2002
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

STREET SCENE (United Artists, 1931), produced by Samuel Goldwyn, directed by King Vidor, is a remarkable film in many ways. This screen adaptation to Elmer Rice's Pulitzer Prize winning 1929 stage play, realistically focuses on a group of people of different ethnic backgrounds who gather together on the front steps of their tenement brownstone apartment building on the west side of Manhattan during a summer heat wave in mid July.

The plot, set during a 24 hour period, takes a look on various residents before centering its attention on the Maurrant family. Anna Maurrant (Estelle Taylor), a housewife and mother, has become so bored with her present existence that she carries on an affair with a married man, Steve Sankey (Russell Hopton) while her stern and unsentimental husband, Frank (David Landau) heads off for work. This illicit affair is known by many, thanks to the neighborhood gossip, Emma Jones (Beulah Bondi). Regardless of their knowledge, Frank does have his suspicions, as does their grown daughter, Rose (Sylvia Sidney). Rose is a working girl loved by Sam Kaplan (William Collier Jr.), a Jewish law student living in the same building. Like Rose, Sam longs on moving away to a better life. Although he has strong ambitions, his weakness is being a coward, especially when constantly bullied by Vincent (Matt McHugh), a heavy-set "Momma's Boy." After about an hour or so of realistic dialog, the street scene, as the title indicates, occurs when Frank Maurrant returns home unexpectedly to find the shades of his bedroom window being pulled down.

Light on action, STREET SCENE moves along very swiftly through numerous camera angles. Aside from its plot development of numerous characters, every one of them, down to the last extra, makes his presence count. With the storyline being limited to only the front portion of the building, the inside of the apartment is never shown. Vidor does break away from his limitations in giving the avid movie viewer a eye-view of Manhattan of 1931, ranging from the elevated train, a glimpse of the Chrysler Building and other tenement buildings. The opening sequence, underscored by Alfred Newman's now classic "New York City Theme," is priceless, ranging from children cooling themselves off from the summer heat as they get splashed on with water from a hose connected to a fire hydrant; an alley cat licking a block of ice; a family dog stretched out on the sidewalk to cool off; and a brief look at those now antique fans. The second act of the story, which takes place the following morning, goes a bit further with local boys picking up stacks of newspapers to be delivered; and a man waking up from a good night's sleep on the fire escape, and heading back in his apartment carrying his pillow and sheets through his open window, among others. There is also a noted scene in which Willie (Lambert Rogers), the younger member of the Maurrant family, skating down the street, pausing, yelling up the window to his mother to throw him a dime to buy an ice cream cone. The dime is then wrapped in tissue paper and rubber band and tossed directly to him. Those who recall such childhood memories of New York will definitely relate to these little detailed scenes. Some things, though, never change, notably how a quiet street stirs up a huge crowd whenever an incident occurs as expertly depicted in this photo-play.

Seen in the supporting cast are Greta Grandtedt, Max Mantor, John Qualen, George Humbert, Allan Fox, and Marcia Mae Jones, recognizable in her small role as Mary Hildebrand, one of the neighborhood children. In fact, many of the supporting players appearing in STREET SCENE reprized their roles from the stage version, especially that of Beulah Bondi, making her screen debut. Always an excellent performer, her nasty character nearly steals the film. Sylvia Sidney, with few movie credits to her name at the time, and a native New Yorker, makes a lasting impression with her role as Rose.

STREET SCENE is an excellent theme in storytelling that never lets go of its audience. In spite of its age, it's still timely. One element that shows King Vidor's style of sending out his messages to his viewers without the use of dialog is the use of closeups and facial expressions on several people. They don't say anything, but what they're thinking is passed across its audience. These and many other scenes are what makes STREET SCENE so remarkable, even today. Instances such as those depicted are those that could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in New York, but a movie such as this cannot be remade today or ever without the same impact as it did back in 1931. It's a wonder why STREET SCENE did not earn a single Academy Award nomination.

STREET SCENE, available on video and DVD, had been distributed by numerous public domain companies using reissue prints that substitute Samuel Goldwyn's opening with Associate Artists Productions Presents. Other than its occasional TV showings that have turned up on local public broadcasting stations after the midnight hours, STREET SCENE, occasionally plays Turner Classic Movies. Contrary to its host Robert Osborne in saying in his analysis of STREET SCENE making its TCM premiere on the evening of June 30, 2002, at 8 p.m., someone at the program department failed to indicate to him of its earlier air-date, June 6, 2002, at 7:30 a.m. Regardless, thanks to TCM for ever presenting this rare find, due to it being one of the very few from the early 1930s, that can still be seen and appreciated over and over again. (****)

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