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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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(26 articles)
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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
Cino Conti ... 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 
 
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(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)
 
Other crew
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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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Angela:Love makes people unhappy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Angela Mia (My Angel)See more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Just one hour..., 17 March 2007
Author: dbdumonteil

Frank Borzage's films often take place in Europa ."Seventh Heaven" took the audience to France before and during WW1.And in the talkies era ,many of his works were depictions of Germany("Little Man What Now?" "Three Comrades" "Mortal Storm" ).

"Street Angel" is a Neapolitan effort.The follow -up to "Seventh Heaven" ,with the same actors ,its first part is a bit erratic,recalling "Heaven" but without its focus and its intensity.But by the second third ,the movie really takes off ;it grabs you when Gino and Angela move into their small apartment in Napoli.And when the girl,about to be arrested,is given one hour's grace,Borzage's movie turns sublime.This hour ...this hour....If it were only for that scene,Janet Gaynor would deserve her AA hands down.This is really one of the most beautiful love scenes I have ever seen: you should see the actress smile ,laugh through her tears ,her intense happiness which she knows will be short-lived: and doing that without any words is a feat which is even more impressive today.

Other remarkable scenes: When Angela is in Jail ,and Gino is desperately searching for her,the director makes a stunning use of the shadows.

The misty harbor "where there are plenty of them (street angels)" where the lovers meet again.

And last but not least ,the painting ("You should not have sold it,it was our guardian angel" ) which plays a prominent part in the plot ;the final harrowing scene in the church is Gina's redemption.A sequence to rival the best of Murnau's "Daybreak" .

Frank Borzage is the poet of the lovers who've got to fight against a hostile world."On the street ,you will find people whose love and pain make great" the director tells us before his story begins.

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