Madonna of the Streets (1930)

72 mins | Melodrama | 25 November 1930

Writer:

Jo Swerling

Producer:

Harry Cohn

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

Gene Havlick

Production Designer:

Edward C. Jewell

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

A silent adaptation of William Babington Maxwell's novel was released by First National Pictures in 1924. Also entitled Madonna of the Streets, that film was produced and directed by Edwin Carewe and starred Nazimova and Milton Sills (see entry). This version was announced in the 4 June 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today as an upcoming special feature for Columbia Pictures. The 11 June 1930 issue stated that James Hunter Booth had been hired to write the dialogue for a screen adaptation by Lester Cohen; however, Jo Swerling ultimately received sole writing credit.
       Principal photography was underway by late September 1930, according to an item in the 26 September 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today. A month later, the 27 October 1930 issue noted that Albert Gran had been added to the cast. Filming was completed by early November 1930, as noted in the 7 November 1930 Los Angeles Times. Theatrical release followed on 25 November 1930.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021. ...

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A silent adaptation of William Babington Maxwell's novel was released by First National Pictures in 1924. Also entitled Madonna of the Streets, that film was produced and directed by Edwin Carewe and starred Nazimova and Milton Sills (see entry). This version was announced in the 4 June 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today as an upcoming special feature for Columbia Pictures. The 11 June 1930 issue stated that James Hunter Booth had been hired to write the dialogue for a screen adaptation by Lester Cohen; however, Jo Swerling ultimately received sole writing credit.
       Principal photography was underway by late September 1930, according to an item in the 26 September 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today. A month later, the 27 October 1930 issue noted that Albert Gran had been added to the cast. Filming was completed by early November 1930, as noted in the 7 November 1930 Los Angeles Times. Theatrical release followed on 25 November 1930.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
4 Jun 1930
p. 3
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
11 Jun 1930
p. 2
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
26 Sep 1930
p. 7
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
27 Oct 1930
p. 6
Film Daily
30 Nov 1930
p. 10
Harrison's Reports
6 Dec 1930
p. 194
Los Angeles Times
30 Oct 1930
Section A, p. 9
Los Angeles Times
7 Nov 1930
p. 7
New York Times
29 Nov 1930
p. 21
Variety
3 Dec 1930
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
John S. Robertson
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Edward Jewell
Art dir
Tech dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Ragged Messenger by William Babington Maxwell (London, 1904).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 November 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 29 Nov 1930
Production Date:
ca. late Sep--early Nov 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
10 December 1930
LP1810
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in feet):
6,932
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Following the death of her millionaire companion, May Fisher is disheartened upon learning that the entire estate is willed to Peter Morton, his nephew, who operates a mission on San Francisco's Barbary Coast. To get into his good graces, she takes the post as his assistant and for months works at his side, arousing the jealousy of Marion, Peter's fiancée; but she falls in love with him and refuses to claim the money when he advertises for May Fisher; and when her life is threatened, he realizes their mutual love and they are married. Her true identity, however, is revealed by Kingsley, the uncle's lawyer, and she confesses the truth to Peter, who--feeling betrayed--leaves her. But all is forgiven when she saves his ...

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Following the death of her millionaire companion, May Fisher is disheartened upon learning that the entire estate is willed to Peter Morton, his nephew, who operates a mission on San Francisco's Barbary Coast. To get into his good graces, she takes the post as his assistant and for months works at his side, arousing the jealousy of Marion, Peter's fiancée; but she falls in love with him and refuses to claim the money when he advertises for May Fisher; and when her life is threatened, he realizes their mutual love and they are married. Her true identity, however, is revealed by Kingsley, the uncle's lawyer, and she confesses the truth to Peter, who--feeling betrayed--leaves her. But all is forgiven when she saves his life.

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