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Street Angel (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 August 1928 (USA)
A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Monckton Hoffe (play), Philip Klein (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Angela
Charles Farrell ... Gino
Natalie Kingston ... Lisetta
Henry Armetta ... Masetto
Guido Trento Guido Trento ... Neri -- Police Sergeant
Alberto Rabagliati Alberto Rabagliati ... Policeman (as Alberto Ragabliati)
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Storyline

In Naples, where prostitutes can pay their rent, Angela is sentenced to a year in the workhouse when she tries to steal(while streetwalking) to pay for medicine for her dying mother. She escapes and is hidden by a circus, where she's a natural talent and meets Gino, a painter. When she breaks her ankle in a fall, her career ends. What can she and Gino do? He wants to go to Naples, but the law may still be looking for her, and Gino doesn't know about her past. Starving artist and a beauty with a secret: is there room in this world for them? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Never Such Soul-Stirring Love Scenes! Never Such Nerve-Tingling Drama! Never Such Eye-Feasting Beauty! Never Such Magnificent Screen Entertainment as This One Offers! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

19 August 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ángel de la calle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (Movietone) (music and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

By a fluke, this film received Oscar nominations at both the First and Second Academy Awards. It received a Best Actress nomination for Janet Gaynor in 1929, and nominations for Best Art Direction and Cinematography in 1930. It is the only American film to be nominated for Academy Awards in two different years. (A few foreign-language films have received nominations in different years.) See more »

Quotes

Gino: I will paint again! Once I painted a girl as I thought she was... Now I'm going to paint women as they really are! I shall find a girl with a face of an angel... And a soul as black as hell!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Maria Mari
Music by Eduardo Di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi
Lyrics by V. Russo
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Borzage at his Borzagiest
15 February 2000 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Melodramatic, atmospheric romance with some great tracking shots that look like they influenced Scorsese decades later. Gaynor and Farrell, are extraordinarily well used; this film probably epitomises their appeal better than any other. He's all youthful exuberance, and she's all liquid-eyed yearning. The print I saw had a musical soundtrack with sound effects -- very soupy, but for a take-it-or-leave-it love story like this, just right.


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