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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 play opened in New York City, New York, USA, on 10 January 1929 and had 601 performances. Eight performers in the movie originated their roles in the play: T.H. Manning, Beulah Bondi, Conway Washburne, John Qualen, Matt McHugh, Ann Kostant, Eleanor Wesselhoeft and George Humbert. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929 for best drama. 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

Emma Jones: I know all about that stuff, teachin' kids there ain't no God, and their grandfathers was monkeys!
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Connections

Referenced in It's a Date (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
Played as background music twice when children are playing
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Rarely seen gem
31 July 2002 | by Allen-20See all my reviews

Even though this is a filmed version of a stage play, it never seems like a "filmed play," thanks to the fluid camera work and the excellent direction of King Vidor. The film is vibrant throughout and, at about an hour and 18 minutes, for me wasn't long enough. It never seems quaint or clunky, the way a lot of movies from this era do. Sylvia Sidney is the best known person in the cast but there are a few familiar faces among the supporting cast, such as Beulah Bondi and John Qualen. All are excellent. Highly recommended for the serious viewer interested in seeing filmed American literature.


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