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5 September 1931 (USA) See more »
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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  (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 ... Police Marshal James Henry
Max Montor ... Abe Kaplan

Walter Miller ... 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 ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Marcia Mae Jones ... Mary - Little Girl (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Neighbor (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 ... Minor Role (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
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Robert McIntyre .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #1321-R, 29 August 1935 for re-release)

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Debut of John Qualen.See more »
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 »
Prelude, Opus 28, #4See more »


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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Malicious gossip leads to tragedy., 25 April 2001
Author: Ted-101 from New York

The blistering heat and unrelenting humidity of a hot summer day drive the tenants of a four story walk-up out in front of the house, where they sit on the stoop and gossip about one another with wanton relish. Others hang out the window, watching the cars drive by on the busy, two way street, while the occasional passing of the el can be heard coming down the tracks at the end of the block.

The most vicious of the gossips is played by Beulah Bondi, a hag of a woman who looks much older than her years. Her favorite target is the very lonely, and very stunning Mrs. Maurrant, wonderfully played by Estelle Taylor, who is constantly bullied by her husband, played by David Landau. Mrs. Maurrant is so lovely, she looks more like an older sister to Rose, portrayed nicely by Sylvia Sidney, instead of her mother. Mrs. Maurrant is so desperate for some kindness and attention, that her fondness for the milkman is easily discerned by her jackal-like neighbors. The moment she's out of sight, Beulah Bondi's character starts passing judgment with a vengeance, and gets the other neighbors all stirred up in the process. To make matter's worse, Bondi and the others always act so peculiar every time Mr. Maurrant passes by, that he soon grasps the fact that they think his wife is having an affair with the milkman.

Although the building is filled with people of different nationalities and creeds, all displaying intolerance of others in one way or another, the main theme of the film is the belief that malicious gossip, unforgiving and relenting, is as deadly as any weapon, and probably more so. At least a gun can shoot a person dead in a moment, but cruel and relentless gossip cuts at the heart and soul without mercy. Mrs. Maurrant is chided, ridiculed, humiliated, and made fun of at every turn, while she bravely tries to be friendly and understanding to everyone else. Street Scene is well written and wonderfully acted by all the players, but it's a creaky film with almost no movement. The whole movie is shot on the front stoop of the house, and such a static film may be difficult for some to take. But, it is a touching story that will make some question the usual rules regarding morality and fidelity. Even Mr. Murrant becomes the victim of the gossip, as he explains to his daughter Rose, "It was all the talk that was driving me crazy."

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