Street Angel (1928)

85 mins | Drama, Romance | 9 April 1928

Director:

Frank Borzage

Cinematographers:

Ernest Palmer, Paul Ivano

Editor:

Barney Wolf

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Referring to the picture as Lady Cristilinda, a production report in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond announced that principal photography had begun at Fox Studios in Hollywood, CA. The 18 Oct 1927 FD noted that the film reunited director Frank Borzage with lead actors Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, who worked together on the current release, 7th Heaven (1927, see entry).
       According to the 9 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News, production was in its fifth week. Nearly three weeks later, the 28 Dec 1927 FD reported the title change to Street Angel. The film had recently been finished, and would soon be released in New York City.
       The 13 Feb 1928 FD stated that the premiere would be held at New York City’s Globe Theatre on 5 Mar 1928, for a thirty-two week run. However, the 14 Apr 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World reported that the Globe Theatre opening occurred on 9 Apr 1928, where it was “enthusiastically received” by audiences. The 11 Apr 1928 Var review also confirmed the 9 Apr 1928 Globe release, with $2 tickets.
       The 15 Apr 1928 FD review deemed Street Angel “extraordinary,” and filled with “breathtaking loveliness.” Additional praise was given to the performances, background photography, and Frank Borzage’s direction. The 1929 Film Daily Year Book voted the picture one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD.
       Onscreen credits misspelled Alberto Rabagliati’s surname as “Ragabliati.”
       Janet Gaynor received the first Best Actress Academy Award ... More Less

Referring to the picture as Lady Cristilinda, a production report in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond announced that principal photography had begun at Fox Studios in Hollywood, CA. The 18 Oct 1927 FD noted that the film reunited director Frank Borzage with lead actors Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, who worked together on the current release, 7th Heaven (1927, see entry).
       According to the 9 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News, production was in its fifth week. Nearly three weeks later, the 28 Dec 1927 FD reported the title change to Street Angel. The film had recently been finished, and would soon be released in New York City.
       The 13 Feb 1928 FD stated that the premiere would be held at New York City’s Globe Theatre on 5 Mar 1928, for a thirty-two week run. However, the 14 Apr 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World reported that the Globe Theatre opening occurred on 9 Apr 1928, where it was “enthusiastically received” by audiences. The 11 Apr 1928 Var review also confirmed the 9 Apr 1928 Globe release, with $2 tickets.
       The 15 Apr 1928 FD review deemed Street Angel “extraordinary,” and filled with “breathtaking loveliness.” Additional praise was given to the performances, background photography, and Frank Borzage’s direction. The 1929 Film Daily Year Book voted the picture one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD.
       Onscreen credits misspelled Alberto Rabagliati’s surname as “Ragabliati.”
       Janet Gaynor received the first Best Actress Academy Award in part for her work on this film, as well as for her work on 7th Heaven and Sunrise (both 1927, see entries). Other nominations went to Harry Oliver for Art Direction, and Ernest Palmer for Cinematography. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
14 Apr 1928
p. 18.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
7 Jul 1928
p. 52.
Film Daily
18 Oct 1927
p. 11.
Film Daily
28 Dec 1927
p. 2.
Film Daily
13 Feb 1928
p. 1.
Film Daily
15 Apr 1928
p. 4.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
Hollywood Vagabond
6 Oct 1927
p 6.
Los Angeles Times
8 Apr 1928
p. C13.
Los Angeles Times
12 Apr 1928
p. A11.
Motion Picture News
2 Dec 1927
p. 1749.
Motion Picture News
9 Dec 1927
p. 1830.
Motion Picture News
31 Dec 1927
p. 2083.
New York Times
10 Apr 1928
p. 33.
Variety
11 Apr 1928
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
William Fox Presents
A Fox Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Prod ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings
COSTUMES
Cost des
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Cristilinda by Monckton Hoffe (New York, 1926).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Street Angel
Lady Cristilinda
Release Date:
9 April 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening at the Globe Theatre: 9 April 1928
Production Date:
began mid November 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 April 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25115
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq, mus score, and sd eff by Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
9,221
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Angela, a poor Neapolitan girl, desperate to acquire medication for her sick mother, comes into conflict with the police and finds refuge with a traveling circus. She meets Gino, a painter, who has her pose for a Madonna portrait; but the authorities track her down, and she is forced to serve a prison term, while Gino, who loves her, becomes despondent and loses interest in his work. Released from prison, Angela recognizes her portrait in a church and encounters Gino; they are reunited when she convinces him she is still worthy of having posed for a ... +


Angela, a poor Neapolitan girl, desperate to acquire medication for her sick mother, comes into conflict with the police and finds refuge with a traveling circus. She meets Gino, a painter, who has her pose for a Madonna portrait; but the authorities track her down, and she is forced to serve a prison term, while Gino, who loves her, becomes despondent and loses interest in his work. Released from prison, Angela recognizes her portrait in a church and encounters Gino; they are reunited when she convinces him she is still worthy of having posed for a Madonna. +

GENRE
Genres:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


Subject

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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