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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 9, 1928

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Oliver Best Art Direction 1928 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Gaynor Best Actress 1927 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Palmer Best Cinematography 1928 Nominee

Cast

Janet Gaynor
as Angela
Charles Farrell
as Gino
Natalie Kingston
as Lisetta
Henry Armetta
as Mascetto
Guido Trento
as Neri, Police Sergeant
Alberto Rabagliati
as Policeman
Gino Conti
as Policeman
Helena Herman
as Andrea
Jennie Bruno
as Landlady
Louis Liggett
as Beppo
David Kashner
as Strong Man

Crew

Frank Borzage
Director
William Fox
Producer
Monckton Hoffe
Play Author
Marion Orth
Screenwriter
Ernest Palmer
Cinematographer
Barney Wolf
Editor
Harry Oliver
Production Designer
Lew Borzage
First Assistant Director
Katherine Hilliker
Intertitle Writer
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