The Law of Contact

Street Scene (September 5, 1931)

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Street Scene
 

Released on September 5, 1931: (running time 1 hour and 19 minutes) A housewife in a Hells' Kitchen neighborhood has an affair with a married man.

Produced by Samuel Goldwyn

Directed by King Vidor

The Actors: 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 (Vincent Jones, bully), Russell Hopton (Steve Sankey), Greta Granstedt (Mae Jones), Eleanor Wesselhoeft (Marguerite 'Greta' Fiorentino), Allen Fox (Dick McGann), Nora Cecil (Alice Simpson, welfare worker), Margaret Robertson (unknown), Walter James (Police Marshal James Henry), Max Montor (Abe Kaplan), Walter Miller (Bert Easter, Rose's boss), T.H. Manning (George Jones), Conway Washburne (Danny Buchanan), John Qualen (Karl Olsen), Ann Kostant (Shirley Kaplan, school teacher), Adele Watson (Olga Olsen), Lambert Rogers (Willie Maurrant), George Humbert (Filippo Fiorentino), Helen Lovett (Laura Hildebrand), Richard Powell (Police Officer Harry Murphy), Jane Mercer (nursemaid), Monte Carter (unknown), Harry Wallace (Fred Cullen), Samuel Bonello (ice man and intern), Virginia Davis (girl at her violin lesson), Florence Enright (unknown), Wilbur Higby (unknown), Marcia Mae Jones (Mary, little girl), Tiny Jones (neighbor), Eric Mayne (neighbor), Louis Natheaux (Easter), Buddy Roosevelt (neighbor), Howard Russell (Doctor John Wilson), Kenneth Seiling (Charles Hildebrand, little boy), Renee Shearing (first nursemaid), Dorothy Vernon (neighbor), Lawrence Wagner (unknown)

 

The Law of Contact

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Making Whoopie with the Milk Man, or Sex in the City

Brought up in a poor farm family, big and muscular Jack learned to fight. He fought in saloons, alleys, lumberjack camps, and anywhere there was a man who thought he was tough. When he began boxing professionally, Jack Dempsey was known for his one-punch knockouts. In 1919 he became the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. In 1925 he married movie actress Estelle Taylor.

In 1930, just before filming this adventure, Estelle Taylor divorced the champion boxer, and soon after the famous public divorce, someone asked her for her autograph. She noticed that the piece of paper already had the autograph of Jack Dempsey, and she quickly scrawled underneath his signature, “This is the last time that s.o.b. is on top of me. Estelle Taylor.”

Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood on Manhattan Island that was known as the roughest, toughest place on earth. It is here that we watch Estelle Taylor, as housewife Anna Maurrant. All of the neighbors know and gossip about her love affair with the milk man, and we will soon discover that her young daughter is being chased by her married boss. One crabby neighbor thinks that it must run in the family.

As the story begins, we hear a group of young children dancing around and singing, “The farmer takes a wife, the wife takes the child, Heigh ho the derry-o, The farmer in the dell. At the end of the movie, the same children are singing and dancing on the sidewalk, but now they are singing, “The farmer kills the wife, the wife kills the child, Heigh ho the derry-o, The farmer in the dell.” Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

William Collier Jr. and Sylvia Sidney
William Collier Jr. and Sylvia Sidney
Adele Watson
Adele Watson
Adele Watson, Beulah Bondi
Adele Watson, Beulah Bondi
Allen Fox
Allen Fox
Ann Konstant
Ann Konstant
Ann Konstant
Ann Konstant
Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
Conway Washburne
Conway Washburne
David Landau
David Landau
David Landau, Estelle Taylor
David Landau, Estelle Taylor
David Landau, Sylvia Sidney
David Landau, Sylvia Sidney
David Landau
David Landau
Eleanor Wesselhoeft
Eleanor Wesselhoeft
Estelle Taylor
Estelle Taylor
William Collier Jr.
William Collier Jr.
Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi
Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi
Estelle Taylor, Eleanor Wesselhoeft
Estelle Taylor, Eleanor Wesselhoeft
Estelle Taylor, Sylvia Sidney
Estelle Taylor, Sylvia Sidney
Estelle Taylor
Estelle Taylor
George Humbert
George Humbert
George Humbert
George Humbert
George Humbert
George Humbert
Greta Granstedt
Greta Granstedt
Jane Mercer, Renee Shearing
Jane Mercer, Renee Shearing
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen, George Humbert
John Qualen, George Humbert
John Qualen
John Qualen
Marcia Mae Jones, Helen Lovett, Kenneth Seiling
Marcia Mae Jones, Helen Lovett, Kenneth Seiling
Matt McHugh
Matt McHugh
Matt McHugh, Sylvia Sidney
Matt McHugh, Sylvia Sidney
Matt McHugh
Matt McHugh
Max Montor
Max Montor
Nora Cecil
Nora Cecil
Richard Powell
Richard Powell
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Sylvia Sidney, Ann Kostant
Sylvia Sidney, Ann Kostant
Sylvia-Sidney, Estelle Taylor
Sylvia-Sidney, Estelle Taylor
Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr.
Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr.
Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney, Walter Miller
Sylvia Sidney, Walter Miller
Sylvia Sidney, Walter Miller
Sylvia Sidney, Walter Miller
Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr.
Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr.
William Collier Jr. kisses Sylvia Sidney
William Collier Jr. kisses Sylvia Sidney
T.H. Manning, Eleanor Wesselhoeft
T.H. Manning, Eleanor Wesselhoeft
Virginia Davis
Virginia Davis
William Collier Jr.
William Collier Jr.
William Collier Jr. and Sylvia Sidney
William Collier Jr. and Sylvia Sidney