One Third of a Nation (1939)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Adapted from a play which was originally produced by the Federal Theatre Project (part of the WPA), this is a film from the Depression era which shows the disparity between life in the slums and the life of the upper class. When a young man inherits a city block in the ghetto, he begins to meet those who live there. One, a young boy, had been crippled in a fire which ripped through his tenement. He meets and falls in love with this young boy's sister as well.

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survivor, against-all-odds, escape, forbidden-love, handicap, love, poverty, slice-of-life, slum-lord, social-commentary, tenement, boy, city, depression, fire, life, meeting, nation, slums, upper-class, youth