Janet Gaynor for sale in STREET ANGEL (1928).
Li Hua Li for sale in CHINA DOLL (1958).
Borzage was not above copying himself. Now, STREET ANGEL is a great film, and CHINA DOLL just barely a good one, although this juxtaposition makes me like it more. It plays out kind of dull when you first see it, but there’s a certain resonance that maybe is just Borzage trading off past glories, but nonetheless does something. I’m going to write more about Borzage’s influences, including his influence on himself, shortly.
It occurs to me I ought to link to any previous Borzage posts I can think of, so here. More MOONRISE.