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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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Gossips, Small Talks, Adultery and Murders in a Hot Summer Day in New York See more (26 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:
Louis Natheaux is listed in studio records for the role of "Easter", but he was replaced by Walter Miller.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.See more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude, Opus 28, #4See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Gossips, Small Talks, Adultery and Murders in a Hot Summer Day in New York, 3 March 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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