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One-Third of a Nation DVD
One-Third of a Nation

One-Third of a Nation

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The misery of slum life is exposed in this long-lost classic, rarely seen since it shocked moviegoers in 1939. A fire strikes the run-down tenement building where Mary Rogers lives with her younger brother, Joey. The boy is seriously injured, but wealthypasserby Peter Cortlant makes sure he gets to the hospital in time to save his life. The millionaire is shocked to discover that he is actually the owner of the Rogers' apartment building, and therefore responsible for the poor conditions that led to theboy's injury. He vows to make things right, while at the same time romancing the headstrong Mary. But young Joey, now on crutches and ignorant of Cortlant's good intentions, is determined to burn down the building that made him a cripple.OneThird of aNation began as an off-Broadway play produced as part of the Works Progress Administration. It quickly became a sensation, playing to capacity houses, with Eleanor Roosevelt attending a performance. Despite the controversial subject matter, a film version was soon in the works, and filmed at the Eastern Service Studios in Astoria, New York. Acclaimed actress Sylvia Sidney was enlisted to star, based on her roles in similar urban melodramas such as Street Scene (1931), Fury (1936), and Dead End (1937). Handsome leading man Leif Erikson was borrowed from New York's Group Theatre; he later appeared in classics like Show Boat (1951), Invaders from Mars (1953) and On the Waterfront (1954). One Third of a Nation is also notable as famed director Sidney Lumet'sfirst and only appearance as an actor in a feature film. Eighteen years later he would direct 12 Angry Men (1957), beginning a career as one of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential filmmakers. His masterworks include Serpico (1973), Dog Day Aftern
Title: One-Third of a Nation
Genre: Drama-Classics
Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Sidney Lumet
Studio: Alpha Video
Attributes: Manufactured on Demand
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Original Year: 1939
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 089218769893
Item #: 1533613X

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