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The Shopworn Angel (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 15 July 1938 (USA)
During WWI Bill Pettigrew, a naive young Texan soldier is sent to New York for basic training. He meets worldly wise actress Daisy Heath when her car nearly runs him over. Daisy agrees to ... See full summary »

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During WWI Bill Pettigrew, a naive young Texan soldier is sent to New York for basic training. He meets worldly wise actress Daisy Heath when her car nearly runs him over. Daisy agrees to pretend to be Bill's girl to impress his friends, but then a real romance begins. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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El ángel negro  »

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The costume worn by the chorus girls in the final song were used in Born to Dance (1936)'s final number "Swinging the Jinx Away". See more »

Quotes

Daisy Heath: Well what are they doing? throwing sugar cubes at one another?
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Version of That Kind of Woman (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Danced to by chorus girls
Sung by Margaret Sullavan (dubbed by Mary Martin) and the soldiers at the show
Reprised by Margaret Sullavan (dubbed by Mary Martin) and the audience at the end
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Simple but Stirring Story
13 October 2002 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

What others might say is a lack of chemistry between Stewart and Sullavan in this charming picture, is what I call "acting".

People from widely different social circles react to situations differently. It is evident that the rich talents of these two actors contributed strongly to the feeling question of their compatibility.

That is the whole point of this story! The examination of things that sometimes happen during a war between unlikely pairings.

Without trying to reveal any of the story, I will say that one never felt as if Sullavan portrayed the complexity of her character without conviction, in fact, she did it admirably. She merely expressed it in the only way that a person of another "class" from Stewart's would. What I did find refreshing in Sullavan's character, although taken from the mold of a Broadway star, she displayed none of the expected snobbery which those parts normally include. It made her character all the more likeable.

Stories about romance during a war are filled with stories that sound fantastic - but may have very well occurred. This movie is no exception and I took that perspective into account as I watched the story unfold.

I would recommend this movie to any fan of James Stewart or Margaret Sullavan. They delivered their parts with originality and a lack of staleness which is normally associated with such simple stories.


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