The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Starring: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr.
Directed by: King Vidor
Synopsis: Based on the play by Elmer Rice, a day in the lives of several families living in a Hell’s Kitchen tenement boils into intense drama.
Kitty Cameos: The film opens on a sweltering day in New York. Children are playing in the water from a fire hydrant. Then an ice man is seen breaking up a block of ice and carrying part of it away. A chip of the ice is melting on the sidewalk and a small cat approaches it and starts to sniff. The cat then runs as several boys scramble to grab the precious piece.
During another transition between acts, a tuxedo cat is seen climbing out of a basement window in the morning and walking up the steps.
Final Mewsings: Tenement cats are cool even in the worst heat wave.