Cinema: The New Pictures: Sep. 7, 1931

Street Scene (United Artists). In making a picture out of Elmer Rice's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Producer Samuel Goldwyn proceeded simply. He bought the screen rights for $150,000, hired eight actors from the original cast, photographed the play as directly as possible. Inevitable comparison between the play and the cinema reflects no discredit on the latter. It loses a little by necessary abridgments in dialog and by the limitations of the camera when confronted by the peculiar problems of the mise-en-scene, but these are trivial defects. In the large, the cinema achieves...

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