STREET SCENE. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. DEAD END. Three of her early films. The 1930s. America is in the tight grip of the Great Depression. At the movies, no one played a poor New York City girl with more soulfully than lovely Sylvia Sidney. She was like an American beauty rose blooming in an ashcan. Her low income neighborhood characters worked hard to get out of miserable surroundings to something better. Life knocked her down but this sad-eyed beauty would get back up and carry on. She'd try to help someone else knocked down by life get back up and carry on too.
The young actor was 15 when he gave that passionate, moving performance. He held his own opposite a pro like Sylvia Sidney. It was his only feature film acting role.
The teen actor in ...One Third of a Nation... grew up to become a one of kind film director.