Review: ‘Street Angel’

Janet Gaynor is in the title role of Street Angel [from the play by Monckton Hoffe] and plays it all of the while, though none of the characters draws real sympathy. With the scene set in Italy and Naples for the opening, Gaynor is rescued from the police by a touring circus after receiving a year's sentence for soliciting to gain 20 lire to fill a prescription for her dying mother. Through that circumstance she meets a vagrant painter (Charles Farrell) who is showing in opposition to the little wagon oufit.

Janet Gaynor is in the title role of Street Angel [from the play by Monckton Hoffe] and plays it all of the while, though none of the characters draws real sympathy. With the scene set in Italy and Naples for the opening, Gaynor is rescued from the police by a touring circus after receiving a year’s sentence for soliciting to gain 20 lire to fill a prescription for her dying mother. Through that circumstance she meets a vagrant painter (Charles Farrell) who is showing in opposition to the little wagon oufit.

Secondary roles are well cast and played. Natalie Kingston as a street walker does very well, while there is real comedy in a quiet manner by Henry Armetta as the circus manager.

Street Angel

Production

Fox. Director Frank Borzage; Producer William Fox; Screenplay Marion Orth, Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell, Philip Klein, Henry Roberts Symonds; Camera Ernest Palmer; Editor Barney Wolf; Music Erno Rapee

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Janet Gaynor Charles Farrell Natalie Kingston Henry Armetta Guido Trento Alberto Rabagliali
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