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Street Girl (1929)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  21 August 1929 (USA)
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A homeless and destitute violinist joins a combo to bring it success, but has problems with her love life.

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(screen play), (from the story by: "The Viennese Charmer" in Young's Magazine)
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John Harron ...
Mike Fall
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Joe Spring
Ned Sparks ...
Happy Winter
Guy Buccola ...
Pete Summer
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Keppel - Cafe Owner
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Prince Nicholaus of Aregon
Doris Eaton ...
Singer at Club Joyzelle
Gus Arnheim and His Coconut Grove Ambassadors ...
Musical Ensemble at Club Joyzelle (as Gus Arnheim and his Ambassadors)
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Jobless, homeless and starving Freddie Joyzelle is saved by Mike Fall from the clutches of a masher, and is then invited to stay with him and his musician partners for at least two weeks. The four men call themselves The Four Seasons because of their surnames: there is also Joe Spring, Happy Winter and Pete Summer. Besides joining their group as a violinist, Freddie cooks and cleans for them and even gets them a gig at the Little Aregon restaurant after they are fired for asking for a raise at their old job. She is from the country of Aregon and knows the owner, Mr. Keppel, also from Aregon. When Prince Nicholaus of Aregon pays a visit to the restaurant and recognizes Freddie, he kisses her on the forehead, creating front page news that makes the restaurant famous. Keppel decides to open a larger restaurant because of the increase in business. Although Mike and Freddie love each other, Mike gets jealous at the attention Freddie gives the Prince, and quits the group two hours before ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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21 August 1929 (USA)  »

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A Princesa do Jazz  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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Lovable and Sweet
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by John Harron, Ned Sparks, Jack Oakie, Guy Buccola,
dubbed by Gus Arnheim and His Coconut Grove Ambassadors (played or sung four times)
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Four Jacks and a Jill
12 January 2001 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

STREET GIRL (RKO Radio, 1929), directed by Wesley Ruggles, is not a pre-production code movie about prostitution, but actually a breezy early talkie musical about a jazz quartet meeting Frederica Joyzelle, alias "Freddie," a Hungarian violinist (Betty Compson) who has no place to stay. She is given room and board by the leader of the quartet (John Harron), and must share the apartment with three other fellows. Because of their acts of kindness, Freddie puts the quartet to work and success by becoming their manager.

This long forgotten musical of 1929, from the magazine story, "The Viennese Charmer," that formerly played on American Movie Classics prior to 1993, and sporadically on Turner Classic Movies, surprisingly holds up through much of its 88 minutes, especially with Compson's violin solo of "My Dream Melody" (by Oscar Levant), reprized several times throughout the story. Other songs include: "Loveable and Sweet," "King of Othello" and "Broken Up Tune." Aside from John Harron playing Fall, there's Ned Sparks as Winter, Jack Oakie as Spring and Guy Buccola as Summer. With these names, it's easy to see why the band called themselves THE FOUR SEASONS. Ned Sparks is a great grumpy character who at one point forces himself to smile; while Jack Oakie, young and slightly thin, is still an attention grabber with his "comedy relief," especially when Compson, after being offered room and board in an apartment occupied by four men, looking around where she's able to sleep for the night. Oakie, already lying in his bed, with a sneer smile on his face, moves over the sheets and pats on the vacant portion of his bed. Also in support are Joseph Cawthorn as Mr. Keppler, Ivan Lebedeff as Prince Nicholas, and Gus Arnheim and his Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors.

STREET GIRL must have been a success because it was was remade twice by RKO: THAT GIRL IN Paris (1936) with Lily Pons, Gene Raymond and Jack Oakie (again); and as FOUR JACKS AND A JILL (1941) with Ray Bolger, Anne Shirley and Desi Arnaz (in the role originated by Lebedeff). The 1929 original is highly regarded to those who simply enjoy watching hard to find movies such as this. (***)


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