One Third Of A Nation

  • 1939
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Adapted from a controversial play originally produced by the Federal Theatre Project (part of the WPA), this Depression-era film contrasts the lifestyles of tenement dwellers with the existence of the upper class in New York City. The phrase "one-third of a nation" was derived from Franklin D. Roosevelt's statement that one-third of America's population...read more

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Adapted from a controversial play originally produced by the Federal Theatre Project (part of the WPA), this Depression-era film contrasts the lifestyles of tenement dwellers with the existence of the upper class in New York City. The phrase "one-third of a nation" was derived from Franklin

D. Roosevelt's statement that one-third of America's population was not adequately housed. The plot concerns Erickson, a member of a very wealthy family who learns that he has inherited a block of slum tenements. In one of these dwellings, a raging fire had crippled the young Lumet. Erickson meets

the boy some time after the fire and eventually falls in love with Lumet's older sister, Sidney. Producer-director Murphy shot in the New York slum district to give the film the realism needed to convey its message. This was Sidney's last film under her Paramount contract, and she returned to

stage work, appearing in only an occasional movie over the next 40 years. The young Sidney Lumet, here in his only film appearance, grew up to become a prominent feature-film director (THE PAWNBROKER, DOG DAY AFTERNOON).

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