IA #38: Street Scene (1931)

 Street Scene (1931) on IMDb

Street Scene is a pretty stagey movie, but that works to its benefit. Elmer Rice adapted the screenplay from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, and director King Vidor keeps essentially all the action on the street and sidewalks in front of a half-block of tenements.

Made before the Hays Code clamped down on what Hollywood could say, the movie is frank about such topics as a milkman’s affair and the workplace harassment of a married boss coming on to a teenage employee. The themes are timeless, one reason it ranks in the Internet Archive Top 100.