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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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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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Debut of John Qualen.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:
The Farmer in the DellSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Two Words: Beulah Bondi, 25 February 2005
Author: drednm2004 from United States

The veteran character actress made her film debut in Street Scene and she is superb as the vicious gossip. This very unsentimental story, based on the Elmer Rice play showcases many excellent performances. The film is well directed by King Vidor and boasts a great score by Alfred Newman (love that jazz music!). The action takes place on the stoop of a New York City tenement. Gossip swirls around one of the tenants who is having an affair. There is also lots of talks about "foreigners" and socialism and of course the heat. As the city swelters, tensions rise and passions flare. Good story. Beaula Bondi takes acting honors as Mrs. Jones. She is so EVIL yet funny. Superb performance. Sylvia Sidney gets the first of her great "tenement" roles. William Collier, Jr. plays the Jewish student. Silent film star Estelle Taylor is wonderful as the lonely woman. Taylor should have had a bigger "talkie" career. John Qualen plays the Swedish janitor. George Humbert is the Italian tenant. David Landau is good as the jealous husband. Ann Kostant, Nora Cecil, Richard Powell, Matt McHugh, Russell Hopton, and Greta Granstedt are all good. Great camera work and sets..... A wonderful film.

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