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Street Girl (1929)

A homeless and destitute violinist joins a combo to bring it success, but has problems with her love life.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screen play), W. Carey Wonderly (from the story by: "The Viennese Charmer" in Young's Magazine)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Compson ... Frederika Joyzelle
John Harron ... Mike Fall
Jack Oakie ... Joe Spring
Ned Sparks ... Happy Winter
Guy Buccola Guy Buccola ... Pete Summer
Joseph Cawthorn ... Keppel - Cafe Owner
Ivan Lebedeff ... Prince Nicholaus of Aregon
Doris Eaton Doris Eaton ... Singer at Club Joyzelle
Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors 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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Princesa do Jazz See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first "official" RKO production. See more »

Quotes

Happy Winter: Only 3 million dames in New York and he picked one without a home.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

My Dream Memory
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Betty Compson on camera, dubbed by Russ Columbo off camera, violin with Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors
Also performed by Raymond Maurel and Betty Compson
Also performed by Betty Compson and Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors
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Lovable and Sweet
27 October 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Hungarian blonde Betty Compson (as Frederika "Freddie" Joyzelle) gets fired from her job as a New York waitress, for breaking a dish over her boss' head. Although the film is suggestively titled "Street Girl", Ms. Compson avoids dabbling in the world's oldest profession. Instead, Compson hooks up with attractive John Harron (as Mike Fall), who is so taken with briefly homeless Compson, he asks her to move in with his jazzy musical group.

As "The Four Seasons", Mr. Harron's "Mike Fall" is teamed with Jack Oakie (as Joe Spring), Ned Sparks (as Happy Winter), and Guy Buccola (as Pete Summer). Compson, conveniently a violinist, joins "The Four Seasons" both at home and on stage. The group is lively and likable; especially, the smiling Mr. Oakie, in his spring. The "Seasons" become successful, and romance blooms for Compson and Harron; but, a visiting Prince threatens the duo's happiness...

Compson, who was at an artistic peak around the time silent films found their voice, tends to be a little too theatrical in "Street Girl", her starring vehicle; she certainly proves her versatility on the screen, however. Leading man Harron gives director/co-producer Wesley Ruggles the film's best acting performance; he (perhaps unfairly) certainly makes you wonder what heights deceased brother Bobby Harron might have reached in the "talkies".

The early Oscar Levant music (with lyrics by Sidney Clare) is very good. Gus Arnheim "and His Coconut Grove Ambassadors" skillfully dubbed their instrumentals; apparently, this is before future star Fred MacMurray joined the group. The frequently heard "Loveable and Sweet" is considered a jazz classic, in the cover version expertly recorded by Annette Hanshaw with the Dorsey Brothers. Although the early "RKO Radio Picture" production is more than a little rough around the edges, the musical/comedy genre storyline is solid.

******* Street Girl (1929) Wesley Ruggles ~ Betty Compson, John Harron, Jack Oakie


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