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With: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Alberto Rabagliati, Cino Conti, Guido Trento, Henry Armetta, Louis Liggett, Milton Dickinson, Helena Herman, Natalie Kingston, Dave Kashner, Jennie Bruno
Written by: Philip Klein, Marion Orth, Henry Roberts Symonds, based on a novel by Monckton Hoffe
Directed by: Frank Borzage
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 102
Date: 04/09/1928

Street Angel (1928)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Grand Passions

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Frank Borzage's Street Angel was one of three films that earned Janet Gaynor a Best Actress Oscar. I was lucky enough to see it at a film festival screening with a gorgeous, glorious live score by American Music Club. It was one of the great nights of my life. Gaynor stars as Angela, a poor waif who steals medicine for her sick mother and hides out from the law by joining a traveling carnival. A painter (Charles Farrell) becomes smitten by her and does her portrait as the Madonna. But the lovers are separated when Angela is arrested. Borzage directs this soapy stuff with a heavy layer of gauze, but his heart is definitely in the material and it's ultimately potent and moving.

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