❤1931 Pre-Code Melodrama by King Vidor Classic Movie TCM Black and White

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❤1931 Pre-Code Melodrama by King Vidor Classic Movie TCM Black and White

Hello, Here's a movie I recently watched that took me by surprise. It's called "Street Scene". I wasn't prepared for the emotions and sympathy it stirred (even empathy, in some instances). It's a movie that stayed with me. It was a play, originally, made into a movie by the thoughtful and talented King Vidor.
I hope you give this one a viewing and tell me what you think.
It is a day/night in the lives of many different residents living in what I believe were called tenements. This street is truly a "melting-pot" of sooo many different people. Their lives are all intertwined to some degree. What they experience, the consequences of their choices-- bad and good-- is (are) what this movie shows us, circa 1931. This was during the Depression of the late 20s and early 30s. Also during Prohibition.
King Vidor shot the entire film on a single set depicting half a city block of house fronts. The story takes place on the stoops in Hell's Kitchen.
The movie stars Estelle Taylor, David Landau, Sylvia Sidney, William Collier, Jr., and Beulah Bondi (her screen debut).