Street Angel (1928)





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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 she's suddenly arrested, the disillusioned Angelo sinks into depravation. Released from prison, Maria sees her portrait in a church and is inspired to seek out Angelo. Explaining the circumstances of her arrest, Maria saves Angelo from his sordid surroundings, inspiring him to return to painting -- and, not surprisingly, to propose marriage. Heavily influenced by the "Germanic" style then in vogue, Street Angel lacked the simplicity and sincerity of Sunrise but managed to post a profit all the same.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Janet Gaynor
as Angela
Gino Conti
as Policeman
Henry Armetta
as Mascetto
Helena Herman
as Andrea
Dave Kashner
as The Strong Man
David Kashner
as Strong Man
Jennie Bruno
as Landlady
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Critic Reviews for Street Angel

All Critics (2)

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
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Audience Reviews for Street Angel


Compared to "Sunrise" and "Seventh Heaven" it's the weak link among Janet Gaynor's trifecta, but it's still entertaining.

Stephen Huss
Stephen Huss

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
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
James Higgins

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