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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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The simple story of LIFE through the window pane of the house across the street. (Print Ad- Vancouver Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 29 April 1932)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Scene See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$584,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first complete film score of multi-Academy Award winner Alfred Newman. Newman composed the eponymous title theme, in the style of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The theme has been used in other movies, including Cry of the City, Kiss of Death, I Wake Up Screaming, Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Dark Corner, Gentleman's Agreement and as the overture to How to Marry a Millionaire. 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: Some baby of a day.
Mrs. Anna Maurrant: Everything's well at work, Frank?
Mr. Frank Maurrant: I'll say I've been working. Dress rehearsin' since 12:00 with lights in this weather. Tomorrow I gotta go to Stanford for the trial.
Mrs. Anna Maurrant: Oh, you're going to Stanford tomorrow?
Mr. Frank Maurrant: Sure, the whole crew's goin'. Why, what about it?
Mrs. Anna Maurrant: Nothing.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Farmer in the Dell
(uncredited)
Traditional children's Song
Sung a cappella by children
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A wonderful antique
16 June 2003 | by mengel44See all my reviews

It shows its age, and that's part of its charm. It's filled with old-fashioned ethnic stereotypes, but that makes it even more fascinating. This movie is a time machine; hop into it and you'll see a gritty and realistic picture of working-class New York City life in the early 1930s. It's pre-Code, so the language is blunt and the sexuality more open. The plot isn't Shakespeare, but it grabs onto you anyway, and the characters are so attractive and watchable that you become part of their neighborhood. A piece of cinematic and social history that is well worth your 80 minutes of time.


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