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Street Scene (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 5 September 1931 (USA)
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.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Elmer Rice (play), Elmer Rice (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Matt McHugh ... Vincent Jones
Russell Hopton ... Steve Sankey
Greta Granstedt ... Mae Jones (as Greta Grandstedt)
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Marguerite 'Greta' Fiorentino
Allen Fox Allen Fox ... Dick McGann (as Allan Fox)
Nora Cecil ... Alice Simpson - Welfare Worker
Margaret Robertson Margaret Robertson ... Minor Role
Walter James Walter James ... Police Marshal James Henry
Max Montor Max Montor ... Abe Kaplan
Walter Miller ... Bert Easter - Rose's Boss
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Storyline

In a hot summer afternoon in New York, Emma Jones gossips with other neighbors of her residential building about the affair of Mrs. Anna Maurrant and the milkman Steve Sankey. When the rude Mr. Frank Maurrant arrives, they change the subject. Meanwhile, their teenage daughter Rose Maurrant is sexually harassed by her boss Mr. Bert Easter; however, she likes her Jewish neighbor Sam 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La calle See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$584,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The surviving print, preserved by the Library of Congress, and occasionally shown on TCM, is the post-Production Code re-release (bearing the re-release Seal of Approval), but since it runs exactly 1:28:40, apparently little alteration was made from the original, whose 1931 New York City opening was clocked at 80 minutes. However, on a couple of occasions, lines of dialogue have been obviously edited out that evidently failed to pass post-code regulations. See more »

Goofs

When the milkman arrives in the morning, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible to the right of the stoop and is seen again a moment later when Sam comes out of the building. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Frank Maurrant: What I want's a good wash. I been sweatin' like a horse all day.
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Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung offscreen by an unidentifed male after Rose throws Sam a kiss
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BEST HOLLYWOOD MOVIE OF THE THIRTIES
2 August 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

This is my favorite Hollywood movie of the thirties, and it's hard to tell why. It has a radiance that no other movie has. It's filmed theater, but somehow more alive than real life. It takes ordinary life and challenges us to see the beauty in it, or even the ugliness, anything rather than nothing. It depicts a sordid life, but isn't all life sordid? All actors are wonderful, especially Bondi and Sydney. The camera work is a dream. It makes you love people. Cheap theatrics are deftly avoided. This is art. It makes a symphony of cacophony.


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