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Release Date:
9 April 1928 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Not Just Another "Motion Picture" -- "Street Angel Is the Masterpiece of All Time" See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Wonderful Melodramatic Romance See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Janet Gaynor ... Angela

Charles Farrell ... Gino
Natalie Kingston ... Lisetta
Henry Armetta ... Mascetto
Guido Trento ... Neri the Police Sergeant
Alberto Rabagliati ... Policeman
Louis Liggett ... Beppo
Milton Dickinson ... Bimbo
Helena Herman ... Andrea
Dave Kashner ... The Strong Man
Jennie Bruno ... Landlady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrius Alexis ... Museum waiter (uncredited)
Italia Frandi ... (uncredited)
Venezia Frandi ... (uncredited)
Frankie Genardi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
H.H. Caldwell  titles
Katherine Hilliker  titles
Monckton Hoffe  play "Cristilinda"
Philip Klein  adaptation
Marion Orth  writer
Henry Roberts Symonds  adaptation

Produced by
William Fox .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erno Rapee 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
 
Film Editing by
Barney Wolf 
 
Art Direction by
Harry Oliver 
 
Costume Design by
Kathleen Kay 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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William Fox .... presenter
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Silent | Mono (Movietone) (music and sound effects)
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Both this film and 7th Heaven (1927) feature a scene where Janet Gaynor snuggles inside a coat given to her by Charles Farrell. Both films were directed by Frank Borzage.See more »
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Angela:Love makes people unhappy.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Angela Mia (My Angel)See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Melodramatic Romance, 17 November 2013
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Naples, the young Angela (Janet Gaynor) needs 20 Lira to buy medicine for her terminal mother. She sees the prostitutes on the street and she decides to sell her body to earn the money. She does not succeed and tries to steal money from a customer of a street vendor. Angela is arrested and sentenced to one year in prison but she escapes and finds her mother dead. While chased by the policemen, she is hidden by Mascetto (Henry Armetta), who owns a traveling circus, and she works with his team.

Angela meets the painter Gino (Charles Farrell) and they fall in love with each other. When Angela breaks her ankle in a fall, she returns to Naples with Gino that grows as painter and is hired to paint a mural in the church. Gino proposes to marry Angela but a policeman recognizes Angela and gives one hour to her to say goodbye to Gino. Angela does not tell him about her past and vanishes from his life.

One year later, Angela is released and she immediately goes to see the mural painted by her beloved Gino. However she sees the name of Roberti instead and she learns that Gino had been fired. Now the starving Angela wanders on the harbor. Meanwhile a prostitute tells to Gino that his love is a "street angel" and he decides to paint again, not the face, but the soul of prostitutes and seeks a model on the harbor. When they stumble on each other, Gino sees her soul through her eyes and they stay together.

"Street Angel" is silent movie with a wonderful melodramatic romance and magnificent performance of Janet Gaynor, the first winner of an Oscar in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for her work in "7th Heaven", "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" and "Street Angel". The camera work is amazing for a 1928 movie and the introduction is impressive with a long 360 degrees shot. The cinematography is also stunning and this movie deserved to be restored. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Anjo da Rua" ("Street Angel")

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