Street Angel

  • 1928
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Gaynor is a poor Neapolitan waif who steals to obtain medicine for her sick mother. She hides out from the police with a circus and there meets artist Farrell, who poses her for a portrait of the Madonna. Finally caught, she is sent to jail, and after her term she wanders into a church and sees her picture on the wall. She also sees Farrell, pining over...read more

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Gaynor is a poor Neapolitan waif who steals to obtain medicine for her sick mother. She hides out from the police with a circus and there meets artist Farrell, who poses her for a portrait of the Madonna. Finally caught, she is sent to jail, and after her term she wanders into a church and

sees her picture on the wall. She also sees Farrell, pining over his imprisoned love, and the two are reunited. More sentiment and gauzed photography from a leading practitioner of the treacle school, director Borzage, who was following up his "film of the year" in 1927, SEVENTH HEAVEN, with this

unfortunate thing. Dated though it is today, STREET ANGEL cemented the pairing of six-foot-two Farrell with the tiny (five foot) Gaynor. So charmed were film audiences by these two basically all-American performers that they were accepted wholeheartedly as French in SEVENTH HEAVEN and as Italians

in STREET ANGEL. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Interior Decoration.

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