Street Angel (1928 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Frank Borzage|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Philip Klein
Henry Roberts Symonds
Monckton Hoffe (play)
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|April 9, 1928|
|Box office||$1.7 million|
Street Angel is a 1928 silent film with a Movietone soundtrack, directed by Frank Borzage, adapted by Harry H. Caldwell (titles), Katherine Hilliker (titles), Philip Klein, Marion Orth and Henry Roberts Symonds from the play Lady Cristilinda by Monckton Hoffe. As one of the early, transitional sound film releases, it did not include recorded dialogue, but used intertitles along with recorded sound effects and musical selections.
Street Angel was one of three movies for which Janet Gaynor received an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929; the others were F. W. Murnau's Sunrise and Borzage's 7th Heaven. Street Angel was also nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.
The acting award was given in 1929 and the other two in 1930, which accords the movie the distinction of being the only film to ever receive an Oscar nomination in two different years that was not a foreign language film.
- Janet Gaynor as Angela
- Charles Farrell as Gino
- Alberto Rabagliati as Policeman
- Guido Trento as Neri the Police Sergeant
- Henry Armetta as Mascetto
- Louis Liggett as Beppo
- Milton Dickinson as Bimbo
- Helena Herman as Andrea
- Natalie Kingston as Lisetta
A spirited young woman (Gaynor) finds herself involved in illegal ways of gaining money to help pay for her ill mother's medicine. She is caught in the act, runs away from punishment, and finds her mother dead. Destitute and on the streets, she joins a traveling carnival, where she meets a vagabond painter (Farrell). Though they fall in love, her past won't leave her alone.
Home Video release
The film was thought lost for years. But it is now part of a massive 12 film collection by Fox that was released in 2008.
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