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Side Streets (1934)

TV-PG | | Drama | 14 July 1934 (USA)
A destitute sailor secures a job with a spinster who runs a small fur trimming shop. They marry, and soon have a child, but he cheats on her with serious consequences.



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Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
Bertha Krasnoff
Tim O'Hara
Marguerite Gilbert
Dorothy Tree ...
Helen Lowell ...
Henry O'Neill ...
George Richards
Maizie Roach
Renee Whitney ...
Mabel Vernon
Lynn Browning ...
Madeline Ware
Lorena Layson ...
Helen Ware
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Richards
Clay Clement ...
Paul Kaye ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Thatcher (scenes deleted)
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Thatcher (scenes deleted)


Bertha Krasnoff, better known as Madame Valerie to her customers, is a San Francisco based furrier. Her plain looks and attire belie the glamorous outward nature of the business, she making no real effort in improving her personal appearance. She is a shrewd businesswoman, locating her business on a lower rent side street, and knowing what her customers can and cannot afford to charge them the highest possible price. She meets Tim O'Hara, a sailor. What she doesn't know about him is that he is unable to get a job on a ship due to his reputation as being unreliable. Bertha falls under his spell, first taking him in, then giving him a job despite he providing no real value to the business, and then marrying him. What she also learns shortly after their marriage is that he is a chronic philanderer. What she is also unaware of is that he is biding his time with her until he can get back to the sea. Their marriage goes through ups and downs, the changes sometimes based on the changing ... Written by Huggo

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14 July 1934 (USA)  »

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A Woman in Her Thirties  »

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(1808) (uncredited)
Music Traditional
Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Sung by Helen Lowell
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Well Done Melodrama...
9 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SIDE STREETS (1934) comes in at the edge before the Hollywood Production 'Code' put the brakes on sexual situations and film creativity. Only Cecil B. DeMille continued to get away with it, wrapping his films in either pseudo patriotic or religious fervor.

This quick told story (63") is about a Women (Aline MacMahon) yearning for love and companionship. Finding it in a Man (Paul Kelly) a failure at his chosen profession as a seaman, who has a wandering eye, but in the end learns the importance of what his Wife has to offer. The film addresses frankly the problems of marriage, loss (their Baby dies) and adultery. In one scene, obviously pre-code, Kelly and MacMahon are shown in the same bed together under the covers. A real 'No-No' back then! MacMahon in several scenes shows a sensitivity that is heart-breaking.

Both Kelly and MacMahon would have long film careers as well as making their mark on the Broadway Stage. They make a attractive and believable couple, nothing phony here. The rest of the supporting cast is effective. Particularly Ann Dvorak, one of Kelly's dalliances. This attractive, slim Actress is barely known today and most of her films are unseen. Take advantage of her when you can, especially her pre-code films, they are well worth watching!

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