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Release Date:
25 March 1932 (USA) See more »
ARE MOTHERS ALWAYS RIGHT? Don't form a conclusion until you see "Shopworn"... See more »
A poor but honest and hardworking waitress from way across the tracks meets and falls in love with a college student from the upper-stuffy class... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Barbara Stanwyck ... Kitty

Regis Toomey ... Dave

Zasu Pitts ... Dot

Lucien Littlefield ... Fred

Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Livingston
Robert Alden ... Toby
Oscar Apfel ... Forbes
Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Thorne
Albert Conti ... Andre
James Durkin ... District Attorney (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sidney Bracey ... Photographer (uncredited)

Charles A. Browne ... Cop (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Mr. Dean (uncredited)

John Elliott ... Judge (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Banquet Party Guest (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Murray - Headwaiter (uncredited)

Tom London ... 'Pa' Lane (uncredited)
Louise Mackintosh ... Banquet Party Guest (uncredited)
Martha Mattox ... Matron at Reformatory (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Construction Workman (uncredited)
Lew Meehan ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Butler (uncredited)

Broderick O'Farrell ... Banquet Party Guest (uncredited)

Hal Price ... Detective Collins (uncredited)

Joe Sawyer ... Construction Camp Doctor (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Construction Workman (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Construction Workman (uncredited)

Harry Todd ... Henry - The Counterman (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Grinde  (as Nicholas Grinde)
Writing credits
Sarah Y. Mason (story)

Jo Swerling (dialogue) and
Robert Riskin (dialogue)

Produced by
Harry Cohn .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glenn Rominger .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Irving Bibo .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
72 min | USA:66 min (re-edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Approved (PCA #4749-R: for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The print shown on Turner Classic Movies, from Sony's archives, displays title credits which were modernized and re-designed in 1938 for a re-release that took place only after several minutes worth of deletions were made to meet the standards of the Production Code, which was more rigorously enforced starting in 1934.See more »
Continuity: When Kitty and David are parked next to the golf course, the windshield on his car is struck with a ball, causing it to crack on Kitty's side. In the next scene where they are parked and his mother and the judge pull abreast of them, the windshield is intact.See more »
Kitty Lane:I hope you'll be interested in my collection of etchings, or whatever it is they hang on the walls here...See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) (TV)See more »
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Momma goes Electra, 20 August 2008
Author: st-shot from United States

Working class heroine Barbara Stanwyck is tough as nails as she spits in "decent society's" face rather than buckle to bribe or threat as a waitress in an other side of the tracks romance with a med student in Shopworn.

The son of an overly possessive mother, David Livingston falls hard for tip chaser Kitty Lane at a local greasy spoon. Clinging mom is not about to let this happen and she wastes no time in exercising her considerable pull in getting a big time judge relative to send her to the slammer for 90 days on morals charges. Upon release Kitty goes on stage and makes it big. Six years later she runs into David, now a doctor again along with his mother still intent on keeping a firm grip on him.

There is some very ugly abuse of power that takes place in Shopworn as the son obsessed mother badgers the judge to do her corrupt bidding in getting Kitty out of the way. There are also swipes at law enforcement, the penal system and polite society, with Kitty being an ideal lynch pin for such actions. As Kitty, Stanwyck does an excellent job of vociferously exposing hypocrisy, especially in the scene where she is bribed and threatened as she throws the money in the judge's face and berates the police. The ending is contrived however and the sickeningly sweet finale is hard to swallow. Babs is too good for the lot of 'em. Mom and son (a wincingly woosie performance by Regis Toomey) don't deserve to be in the same room as her.

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