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Street Angel (1928)

 -  Drama  -  9 April 1928 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Angela
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Gino
Natalie Kingston ...
Lisetta
Henry Armetta ...
Mascetto
Guido Trento ...
Neri the Police Sergeant
Alberto Rabagliati ...
Policeman
Cino Conti ...
Policeman
Louis Liggett ...
Beppo
Milton Dickinson ...
Bimbo
Helena Herman ...
Andrea
Dave Kashner ...
The Strong Man
Jennie Bruno ...
Landlady
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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 »

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9 April 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ángel de la calle  »

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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: Love is like the measles. When it comes you cannot stop it.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

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Angela Mia (My Angel)
(uncredited)
Music by Erno Rapee
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
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A superb silent romance
22 March 2002 | by (Binghamton, New York) – See all my reviews

"Street Angel" misses greatness by inches. One of three famous late silent movies starring Janet Gaynor (the others were "Sunrise" and "Seventh Heaven"), it's an ultra-romantic melodrama with enormous power. Frank Borzage, a specialist in this kind of film, pulls out all the stops to make this seem almost like an other-worldly fable; the story is painted in broad brush strokes, and the plot has a few echoes of "Les Miserables." The sets and cinematography are outstanding; Gaynor is heartbreakingly beautiful, and her performance is superb. The film's biggest flaw-- almost the only one-- is that near the end it indulges in a wildly improbable coincidence, and it's always awkward when a film closes on a note like that. It isn't quite as good as "Sunrise--" very few movies are-- but for most of its running length this rich, lush film is an absolute joy to watch.


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