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Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 20 February 1948 (USA)
Flavia's been told that her Aunt Susan's fiancé, Steve, has been on a trip around the world, but in truth he's finished his prison term. Steve wonders how he can make some money and is ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Angna Enters (story), Eleanore Griffin | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret O'Brien ... Flavia Mills
Angela Lansbury ... Susan Bratten
George Murphy ... Steve Abbutt
Phyllis Thaxter ... Helen Mills
Warner Anderson ... Joseph Mills
Rhys Williams ... Blind Mac
Barry Nelson ... Al Parker
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Murphy
Tom Trout Tom Trout ... Daniel Oliver Madson
Richard Tyler Richard Tyler ... Jimmy Madson (as Dickie Tyler)
Henry Blair ... Rad Ardley
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Parole Officer
Richard Lane ... Street Vendor
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Storyline

Flavia's been told that her Aunt Susan's fiancé, Steve, has been on a trip around the world, but in truth he's finished his prison term. Steve wonders how he can make some money and is approached by his old associates. When Flavia discovers the truth about Steve, she loses all faith in her family and in God, and it will take a miracle to restore Flavia's belief and Steve out of trouble. Written by Kathy Li

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Thrilling story of people who love and live in the shadow of Gangland!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La calle de los sueños See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,791,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a major disaster at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $1,227,000 ($12.3M in 2016) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Flavia brings home a loaf of "dark bread, your daddy's favorite", as her mother says. One look at the wrapper clearly reveals it to be Wonder Bread, which at the time made only white bread. See more »

Quotes

Narrator-Visitor to Tenth Avenue: Hey, you! Will you keep out of the street!
Flavia Mills: Why? It's my street!
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Connections

References Castle on the Hudson (1940) See more »

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Angel
20 November 2012 | by jhkpSee all my reviews

Warm film with the usual top MGM production values, strong cast.

When I finally saw this film I was surprised it was described as a "bomb" by Leonard Maltin. While it's not the greatest movie ever made, it's hardly a bomb, despite the problematic production history. Because retakes took so long, Margaret O'Brien is noticeably taller and older in some scenes than in others. The character's belief in fairy tales strains credulity in the scenes where little Margaret seems to be aging rapidly.

One could argue, as well, that, despite the hardships supposedly being endured by the characters in their poor New York neighborhood, at the height of the Great Depression, they seem reasonably well fed, dressed, and housed. The apartment where Flavia (O'Brien) lives is quite large, for example.

But there are some very true things in the film, the experience of being an only child, living among adults; the realities of readjustment for an ex-con (George Murphy). Many of the realities are not in the scenes or the lines, but in Margaret's and George Murphy's faces.

The cast is great and there's a nice Christmas atmosphere in the scenes that wrap up the story.


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