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The Shopworn Angel (1938)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  15 July 1938 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Bill Pettigrew
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Sam Bailey
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Martha
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'Dice'
Alan Curtis ...
Thin Lips
Sam Levene ...
'Leer'
Eleanor Lynn ...
Sally
Charles D. Brown ...
McGonigle
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Wilson - Caretaker (scenes deleted)
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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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15 July 1938 (USA)  »

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El ángel negro  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Mary Martin provides the singing voice for Margaret Sullavan. This same year she also dubbed the singing voice for Gypsy Rose Lee in "The Battle of Broadway." See more »

Quotes

Pvt. William 'Texas' Pettigrew: Dying's a lot like being in love. You can't imagine it until its right on top of you.
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Version of That Kind of Woman (1959) See more »

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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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Here's To Old Fashioned War Romance
25 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan made four films together, the most she had with any leading man. In fact Stewart's career was given a considerable boost when Sullavan requested him in the lead of their first film, Next Time We Love. Sullavan had been married to Henry Fonda, Stewart fellow Princeton alumnus from the Triangle Club and Fonda and Stewart were a pair of starving New York actors back in the day.

The film is a sweet romantic story about a young soldier who quite accidentally comes between a Broadway actress and her playboy boyfriend. The story had been previously filmed at Paramount earlier during the last dying days of the silent screen with Gary Cooper, Nancy Carroll, and Paul Lukas in the roles that Stewart, Sullavan, and Walter Pidgeon play here.

Stewart is just perfect as the earnest young private from Texas who Sullavan while using Pidgeon's car as transportation, knocks down in a New York City street. One thing leads to another and Sullavan finds she's got two men on her hands. What to do.

As in all films in Hollywood of 1938 it all gets resolved in a poetic, but tragic way. The leads are cast quite perfectly. I'm surprised this film has not been made again. Hattie McDaniel is in this one also as Sullavan's maid of course. I doubt today though that there would be a Hattie McDaniel type role in it.


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