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Street of Sin (1928)

The story is set in the seamy Soho section of London, where burglar Basher Bill shares bed and board with his sluttish girlfriend Annie. As wicked as they come, Bill softens when he meets virtuous Salvation Army lass Elizabeth.

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The story is set in the seamy Soho section of London, where burglar Basher Bill shares bed and board with his sluttish girlfriend Annie. As wicked as they come, Bill softens when he meets virtuous Salvation Army lass Elizabeth.

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The successor to "The Way of All Flesh"---and a worthy one! Jannings' third American-made picture -- and twice as good as the first!

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In an interview conducted in the late sixties, von Sternberg claimed he came up with the story for "Street of Sin" while filming "The Last Command" with Emil Jannings. However Jannings was so difficult in that picture that von Sternberg told him he would not work with him again and turned over the treatment for someone else to direct. Jannings and von Sternberg DID work again on 1930's "The Blue Angel", Jannings' final English language film. See more »

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Street of Sin (1928) - Presumed Lost ?
6 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Basher Bill," ( Emil Jannings ) a retired prizefighter turned criminal, pretends to reform by joining a Salvation Army shelter in London run by a pious wraith named Elizabeth ( Fay Wray ). Attracted to Elizabeth (although he is engaged to a street girl named Annie - Olga Baclanova), Bill confesses to a bank robbery, has a spiritual revelation, and decides to go straight. His cast-off sweetheart reports him to the police; then, contrite, she warns Bill of the impending danger. Bill is captured immediately, but he escapes and sacrifices his life to save Elizabeth and the Salvation Army nursery when the rest of the gang use them as a human barricade against the police.

This 1928 silent drama was produced by the Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation and starred Emil Jannings and Fay Wray. Survival status: The film is presumed lost. Hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces for a proper review.


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