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Street Girl (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 21 August 1929 (USA)
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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Mike Fall
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Joe Spring
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Happy Winter
Guy Buccola ...
Pete Summer
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Keppel - Cafe Owner
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Prince Nicholaus of Aregon
Doris Eaton ...
Singer at Club Joyzelle
Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors ...
Musical Ensemble at Club Joyzelle (as Gus Arnheim and his Ambassadors)
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Storyline

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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violinist | new york | jazz | nightclub | See All (4) »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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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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1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

'Russ Columbo (I)' also violin doubled the hot jazz solo supposedly performed by 'Ned Sparks' near the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Mike Fall: Well, Freddie, it's all fixed. You're to stay for two weeks, anyway, if you want to.
Frederika Joyzelle: Oh, you dear boys. You never be sorry. I work so hard for you.
Joe Spring: Yessir, I'm going to give you a half a dollar if you darn my socks.
Frederika Joyzelle: I darn. I darn all of you. I darn everybodies socks.
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Connections

Version of Four Jacks and a Jill (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Broken Up Tune
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Doris Eaton and the Radio Pictures Beauty Chorus
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Great, if you can hear the actors!
19 March 2014 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this on TCM and found it interesting, though in many ways just a showcase for the music. Very '20s, very period-piece stuff, with the usual strange choreography. I thought the title Street Girl was a bit of a tease however, as the "girl" turned out to be a homeless violinist who gets involved with a down-at-heels dance band. What stood out for me however was the noisiness of the sound track, the worst I have ever heard. I realize this is an early talkie and they were probably still struggling with ways to muffle the sound of the camera. But every shot seemed to have its own peculiar frequency, from whirring to humming to grinding to something like a garburator. I wonder now if early-talkie audiences noticed or cared about this, but it seems to me that many must have longed for the sophisticated accompaniment that had evolved by late in the silent era. What also amazes me is the leap in sophistication that took place in only a couple of years: by 1931, people had forgotten all about silent movies and screenwriters/actors had hit their stride. This is great to watch if you're a sound technician/film historian or both.


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