The clods who protest the overture are ignorant that Street Scene was written for the film of the same name, and has become - with its Gershwinesque flavor - symbolic of New York. Moreover, it is conducted by none other than Alfred Newman, the original composer himself.
To see Newman in action is a rare privilege indeed, but born-yesterday knuckle-draggers don't know or care, of course beyond a misapprehension about Alfred E. Neuman of MAD Magazine.
The overture is completely appropriate for this film, with its elegant New York setting, as well as for its format in a "big studio" release - many of which had overtures. The exception here is that, in those other films, we do not get to see the composer at all.
People need to grow up, get some education - and if they still can't stand this unique film overture - just FF through it. If the DVD doesn't permit that, then they can just turn down the sound. Sheesh.
I am perfectly aware that Street Scene was written for a much earlier movie. In fact, I've heard parts of Street Scene played in other films. For example, a few notes of it were played during the opening credits of the 1950 film Where the Sidewalk Ends.
I watch a lot of pre-1970 films and most of them don't have overtures. I say that they aren't needed, and each time I watch this film, I skip over the overture.
I don't need to grow up and I don't need to "get some education". It's only a movie, not the real world. My appreciation (or lack thereof) of the overture has absolutely nothing to do with my maturity and education levels, thanks.
JimHutton (1934-79) and ElleryQueen