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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Frederika Joyzelle
John Harron ...
Mike Fall
Jack Oakie ...
Joe Spring
Ned Sparks ...
Happy Winter
Guy Buccola ...
Pete Summer
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Keppel - Cafe Owner
Ivan Lebedeff ...
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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

21 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Princesa do Jazz  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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The Kepple character talking to Frederika says, and this may be a slight paraphrase, "Say, what's the 'n-word' in the woodpile?" However the 'n-word' is blanked out of the soundtrack on the TCM print. See more »

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Version of That Girl from Paris (1936) See more »

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My Dream Memory
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Betty Compson on violin with Gus Arnheim and His Coconut Grove Ambassadors
Also performed by Raymond Maurel and Betty Compson
Also performed by Betty Compson and Gus Arnheim and His Coconut Grove Ambassadors
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A pretty good early talkie musical
2 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Actually, this isn't much of a musical. Instead it is more of a movie about musicians. Four friends are trying to make it as a musical band when, one night, one member finds a girl being accosted by a fellow in the doorway of his apartment house. He gets rid of the masher and invites her in when he discovers she is hungry and homeless, and she quickly wins the other bandmembers/roommates over. First she takes to keeping house for them, then she graduates to promoting their careers, and does a pretty handy job of both. Of course, romance arises and complicates matters.

Unlike most backstagers of this era, this one is refreshingly different. These five people are looking for happiness, not just fame and fortune. Their bond of friendship seems to have depth, and success doesn't really change them. The only bad things I can really say is - like another reviewer - Betty Compson really is saddled with a ridiculous accent in this one. Also, the movie is just too long. At 90 minutes some scenes could have been tightened up or even deleted, and it would have been a better paced film had it been about 15 minutes shorter.


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