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...One Third of a Nation... (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 10 February 1939 (USA)
A fire in a run-down tenement building injures young Joey Rogers. Wealthy passerby Peter Cortlant rushes the boy and his attractive older sister Mary to the hospital and pays the medical ... See full summary »

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Dudley Murphy

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Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay), Arthur Arent (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Sidney ... Mary Rogers (as Sylvia Sydney)
Leif Erickson ... Peter Cortlant (as Leif Erikson)
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Sam Moon
Hiram Sherman Hiram Sherman ... Donald Hinchley
Sidney Lumet ... Joey Rogers
Muriel Hutchison ... Ethel Cortlant
Percy Waram ... Arthur Mather
Otto Hulett ... Assistant District Attorney (as Otto Hulitt)
Horace Sinclair Horace Sinclair ... John - Butler
Iris Adrian ... Myrtle
Charles Dingle ... Mr. Rogers
Edmonia Nolley Edmonia Nolley ... Mrs. Rogers
Hugh Cameron ... Mr. Cassidy
Julia Fassett Julia Fassett ... Mrs. Cassidy
Baruch Lumet ... Mr. Rosen
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A fire in a run-down tenement building injures young Joey Rogers. Wealthy passerby Peter Cortlant rushes the boy and his attractive older sister Mary to the hospital and pays the medical expenses for the poverty-stricken family. Only later does Peter learn that the firetrap tenement is one of his own vast real estate holdings. Faced with his own unwitting complicity in the deaths and injuries resultant from the fire and with his growing attachment to Mary, Peter decides to tear down his tenements and erect decent affordable housing. But his family is aghast at his plan and plots to wreck it. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...Um Terço de uma Nação... See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The amphibious airplane the boys watch is a Sikorsky S-39 A/B, registration NC807W. See more »

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Featured in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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That's How Dreams Should End
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Words and Music by Harold Orlob
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Horrific commentary of early 20th century tenement housing
14 May 2001 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

This film features the horrible realities of tenement housing which was in abundance during the early part of the 20th century. Shocking scenes of death and despair are very evident in the lives of the unfortunate people living in these "rat" holes. Sylvia Sidney is excellent as the crusader fighting against these "buildings of despair" knowing first hand because her own brother became a "victim" of living in these buildings. Leif Erickson is the "rich" landlord "by inheritance" of these "death traps" and joins the battle in tearing them down. The joining of the "poor" and "rich" in the struggle against tenement housing is what makes this film worthwhile to watch. If you are an activist against "injustice" then this is the type of film that will get your "dander" up.


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