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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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John Harron ...
Mike Fall
Jack Oakie ...
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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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Keppel - Cafe Owner: Ha-ha, you're in the act. Well, what can you do?
Frederika Joyzelle: What I can do? I show you what I can do. I play the violin for the people, in-and-out of the tables. Real Viennese music. Like we have in Aregon. Hey, Mr. Keppel?
Keppel - Cafe Owner: Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya.
Frederika Joyzelle: I telling you. We make the place up-to-date, with jazz and art music too.
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Version of That Girl from Paris (1936) 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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An early old-fashioned musical comedy with a good jazz combo.
15 March 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

This musical comedy near the dawn of the sound era follows the routine formula (boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl) but sports a nice jazz combo, with John Harron playing piano and trumpet (sometimes at the same time), Ned Sparks playing violin, Jack Oakie with a mean clarinet and Guy Buccola on the accordion. I never tired of the one bouncy show-stopper by Oscar Levant and Sidney Claire called "Lovable and Sweet," despite it being played and sung several times. In fact, I was humming it for a day or so. What surprised me was seeing Jack Oakie looking so thin I almost didn't recognize him, and John Harron as the romantic lead, since I was used to seeing him only in bit parts in 30's movies. I'm not sure if the music the boys played was dubbed or not, but the female lead, silent star Betty Compson, was an accomplished violinist and surely did her own playing. I rather enjoyed watching this film despite its triteness.


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