Street Angel (1928 film)

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Street Angel
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by William Fox
Written byPhilip Klein
Henry Roberts Symonds
Monckton Hoffe (play)
Starring Janet Gaynor
Charles Farrell
Alberto Rabagliati
Cinematography Paul Ivano
Ernest Palmer
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • April 9, 1928 (1928-04-09)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.7 million [1]

Street Angel is a 1928 American silent drama 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. [2]


Street Angel was one of three movies for which Janet Gaynor received the first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929; the others were F. W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and Borzage's 7th Heaven . [3]

The movie received two further Academy Award nominations in 1930, for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, making it one of two English-language films to receive Oscar nominations in separate years. The other was The Quiet One , nominated in 1949 for Documentary Feature [4] and 1950 for Story and Screenplay. [5]


A spirited young woman (Gaynor) tries to prostitute herself and, failing in that, to steal money, to pay for her seriously ill mother's medicine. She is caught in the act and convicted but escapes from her guards, only to find her mother dead. Fleeing the pursuing police, she joins a traveling carnival, where she meets a vagabond painter (Farrell). Though they fall in love, her past will not leave her alone.


Home video release

The film was thought lost for years, but it is now part of a 12 film collection by Fox that was released in 2008. [6]

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