Director: Frank Borzage
William Fox- Producer - Fox Film Corporation
Drama - Romance - B&W - Silent - 102mins
Gino, blinded by love pictures Angela as a an angel, but she has a deep dark secret. Scared that Gino will find out about her past, when the law catches up with her she is forced to leave him and resume her sentence, without telling him. In Naples Angela succumbed to having to try to sell herself on the street in order to help her dying mother, she also tries to steal some pasta but is caught. Arrested and sentenced for crimes she didn't even succeed in, she flees and is rescued by a group of people from a travelling circus. She joins their show and she meets vagabond Gino, who is a talented painter.
Street Angel is not my favourite of the Borzage, Gaynor, Farrell movies mainly because the plot is so overwrought and the script has nothing stupendous going on. But it is a worthwhile film for its beautiful cinematography and Gaynor’s performance. Street Angel was the follow up to Seventh Heaven, which was a huge success, and I suppose it was a smart decision to follow up that success with another film with the same main cast and director, the public obviously adored it all, and we still do, I love the fact that Gaynor's character is suitably named Angela. overall a sweet film.