Street Angel (1928)

Street Angel





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Fox's follow-up to Seventh Heaven, The Street Angel reunited stars Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor with director Frank Borzage. The action begins in Naples, as poverty-stricken Maria (Gaynor) steals medicine for her ailing mother. Now a fugitive from justice, Maria escapes by joining a travelling carnival, where she meets and falls in love with portrait painter Angelo (Charles Farrell). Impressed by her ethereal beauty, Angelo asks the girl to pose for his portrait of the Madonna. But when … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: H.H. Caldwell, Katherine Hilliker, Monckton Hoffe, Philip Klein, Marion Orth
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2007
Fox Film Corporation



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Critic Reviews for Street Angel

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | July 29, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | July 29, 2006
Time Out
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In Frank Borzage's melodrama, Janet Gaynor's turn as a poor woman who resorts to prostitution must have impressed the Oscar voters for she won Best Actress that year

Full Review… | April 17, 2012

A well-made movie that can't quite decide exactly what kind of movie it would like to be.

Full Review… | January 13, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Street Angel


This romantic drama was pretty good, the actors were good, the story was so-so, and everything else was just okay. It is a predictable romance movie in the end, but there is a good deal of realistic elements to it. Overall, it could have been better, though.

Aj V

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Janet Gaynor is such a marvelous actress, i think her silent films were better than most of her talkies. She has a very natural and innocent style. She is convincing and genuine. She does a wonderful job in Street Angel. She can convey more emotion without speech than most current actresses can with speech. A fine story, rather emotional but well done. Charles Farrell does a great job as well, such a charismatic performance. Very artistic visually, in spite of the poor quality of the prints available. One has to imagine how it must have looked before deterioration set in.

James Higgins

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