Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, Street Angel, 1928
“In Naples, where prostitutes can pay their rent, Angela is sentenced to a year in the workhouse when she tries to steal(while streetwalking) to pay for medicine for her dying mother. She escapes and is hidden by a circus, where she’s a natural talent and meets Gino, a painter. When she breaks her ankle in a fall, her career ends. What can she and Gino do? He wants to go to Naples, but the law may still be looking for her, and Gino doesn’t know about her past. Starving artist and a beauty with a secret: is there room in this world for them?” (IMDB)
(image via barrynow2008)
Keep Your Sunny Side Up - Janet Gaynor
7th Heaven, 1927
“To avoid being caught in the lie, Diane timidly offers a suggestion. “Couldn’t I stay at your place until the police come? Then I’d go away.” Thoughtful and good-natured but very self-centered, Chico grows accustomed to the girl while Diane falls deeply in love with him. In a touching scene, she wraps herself in the arms of his coat she’s been mending, and dreams. The moment when Chico and Diane finally profess their love is tender and genuine. She comes from the sky like an angel in her wedding dress and Chico is overcome with emotion. It is the rapturous and poetic fulfillment of young love.”
Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, 7th Heaven, 1927
“A pitiful young girl from the Paris streets, Diane (Gaynor) is saved from death at the hand of her degenerate and violent sister Nana (Gladys Brockwell) by Chico (Charles Farrell), a sewer worker, who then tells police Diane is his wife to keep her out of prison.”
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., presenting Academy Award to Janet Gaynor for 7th Heaven, Sunrise, and Street Angel, in 1929. At this time, the award was given for a body of work over a period of time, not one performance.
“Naturally, I was thrilled but being the first year, the Academy Awards had no background or tradition, and it naturally didn’t mean what it does now. Had I known then what it would come to mean in the next few years, I’m sure I’d have been overwhelmed. At the time, I think I was more thrilled over meeting Douglas Fairbanks.” (via)
Remember the Wampas Baby Stars? Well, above are four of the prettiest: Anita Louise, Sally Blane (Loretta Young’s sister and Norman Foster’s wife), Janet Gaynor and Dolores del Rio, at a get-together at Town House.
Wax figures of Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Seventh Heaven, 1927
Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park, CA.
(I know I’m posting a ton of these — but I know if I don’t post them all now, I’ll be tempted to go back and repost more later, and I’ll forget which ones I already posted, and DAMN they are weird so I can’t resist.)
This is my first Silent Movie on the AFI’s top 100 List and to be honest was not an easy one. Not that the movie was bad, just different. When you think of silent films, most of us gravitate towards Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton or even Lillian Gish. That is what made this movie so…
George O’Brien with that Janet Gaynor chick.
Home movie footage of Chaplin doing impressions of famous people from Janet Gaynor to Greta Garbo.
On this day in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.
The brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, head of the powerful MGM film studio, the Academy…