These clips are from a 1948 film appropriately titled In The Street. Filmed by James Agee, Helen Levitt, and Janice Loeb, the film documents street life in New York City. Similar scenes would no doubt be common in many major American cities in the first half of the 20th century, including Louisville. It’s especially interesting in light of a conversation earlier about city life as seen from this 1906 panorama in Downtown Louisville.
From the introductory reel:
The streets of the poor quarters of great cities are, above all, a theater and a battleground.
There, unaware and unnoticed, every human being is a poet, a masker, a warrior, a dancer: and in his innocent artistry he projects, against the turmoil of the street, an image of human existence.
(via Wooster Collective)