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Release Date:
9 April 1928 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Sad, beautiful, fast paced, brilliantly made Borzage late silent 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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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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This film is recognized as the first "talkie" to be shown in New Zealand, on 8 March 1929. There was no recorded dialogue for the "talkie" version, but a recorded music score was added to the film.See more »
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Landlady:Love will find you never fear! No women escapes.See more »
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Angela Mia (My Angel)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sad, beautiful, fast paced, brilliantly made Borzage late silent, 9 September 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Street Angel (1928)

What a great surprise!

Just as sound was all the talk and all the necessity of Hollywood, and just as Fox Studios has released a quasi-sound masterpiece in the fall of 1927 called "Sunrise," a few months later comes "Street Angel" continuing in a silent mode from Fox's great director Frank Borzage. And it's lively, fast, well acted, and frankly terrific.

Janet Gaynor above all, like Lilian Gish in her films, lifts this story through sheer acting and screen presence. She's a live wire and a tender victim, a fun and emotional and interesting person. This comes across without the supposed exaggerations of silent cinema, and is enough to make you forget the silence completely. Her partner in all this, Charles Farrell, is also good, though a bit stiff and pretty like Gary Cooper would be a decade later.

Equally terrific is the filming--the photography and editing, and the necessary set design and atmospheric effects (night, fog, great heights, tiny rooms). Photographer Ernest Palmer had already made a slew of films at Fox and was at the top of his game, and he had just worked with Borzage (and Gaynor and Farrell) in the equally well made "7th Heaven" the year before. It's beautiful, glowing, subtle stuff.

The plot? More interesting that you'd expect at first, and more complex, though with a strand of inevitable sweetness, too. The title refers to a prostitute, and streetwalking girls are a recurring part of the film, from the fringes. The place is Italy in the 1920s, and Gaynor plays Angela who turns to the street to try to get enough money to save her mother's life. Things quickly spin out of control from there, with jail and a small time circus and a life of impoverishment in Naples for our two leads. Temporarily. Farrell plays a painter with some talent but imperfect ambition and no business sense, so promise turns to heartache. And then things shift again.

If there is anything constant in this movie it is the good inner souls of the main characters, and so you suspect they will at least have a chance of surviving the hardship that seems to never quite be their own fault. I'm sure most of the audience identified with that then, just as I could now. The scenes are really dramatic, the interactions between the actors completely fresh and honest, and the photography fluid and modern. Yes, it's a sentimental "old" movie, still, of course, but with so much going on so well, you'll be glad.

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