Street Girl


Street Girl

Infobox Film
name = Street Girl (1929)


producer = William LeBaron
Wesley Ruggles
director = Wesley Ruggles
writer = Jane Murfin
Based on the story: "The Viennese Charmer" by W. Carey Wonderly
starring = Betty Compson
John Harron
Ivan Lebedeff
music = Oscar Levant
Sidney Clare
cinematography = Leo Tover
editing = William Hamilton
Ann McKnight
distributor = RKO Pictures
released = August 21, 1929
runtime = 87 min.
language = English
country = USA
imdb_id = 0020458|

"Street Girl" is a 1929 musical comedy/drama film directed by Wesley Ruggles.

Plot Summary

After saving a homeless Hungarian violinist named Freddie (Betty Compson), Mike (John Harron), a jazz musician and leader of a quartet The Four Seasons, convinces his band members to let afford her room and board. For their act of kindness, Freddie offers to manage the band. After the Four Season are fired from their job, Freddie convinces Keppel (Joseph Cawthorn), the owner of a Hungarian cafe, to hire the band which she soon joins. After Prince Nicholaus of Aregon (Ivan Lebedeff) goes to the cafe to see the band, the Four Season gain a following. Problems arise when both the Prince and Mike fall in love with Freddie.

Cast

* Betty Compson.....Frederika "Freddy" Joyzelle
* John Harron.....Mike Fall
* Guy Buccola.....Pete Summer
* Jack Oakie.....Joe Spring
* Ned Sparks.....Happy Winter
* Joseph Cawthorn.....Keppel (cafe owner)
* Ivan Lebedeff.....Prince Nicholaus of Aregon
* Gus Arnheim and His Coconut Grove Ambassadors.....Themselves
* Russ Columbo.....Violinist (uncredited)
* Cimini Male Chorus.....Themselves

Reception

The film opened at New York City's Globe Theatre (now named the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre) [cite book|last=Crafton|first=Donald |title=The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931|publisher=University of California Press|date=1999|pages=160|isbn=0-520-22128-1] and earned over a million dollars for RKO.cite book|last=Bradley|first=Edwin M. |title=The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927 Through 1932|publisher=McFarland|date=2004|pages=51|isbn=0-786-42029-4]

Remakes

Due to its initial success, "Street Girl" was remade by RKO twice. The first film, "That Girl from Paris", starred Lily Pons and Lucille Ball and was released in 1936. The second, "Four Jacks and a Jill", was released in 1942 and starred Ray Bolger.

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