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Street Angel (1928)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:April 9, 1928
Running time:102 minutes
Cast:Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Alberto Rabagliati, Cino Conti, Guido Trento
Director:Frank Borzage
Producer:William Fox
Writer:H.H. Caldwell, Katherine Hilliker, Monckton Hoffe, Philip Klein, Marion Orth
Distributor:Fox Film Corporation

Description: 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, All Movie Guide

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