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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Complete credited cast:
Sam Bailey
Thin Lips
Sam Levene ...
Eleanor Lynn ...
Charles D. Brown ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson - Caretaker (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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Drama | Romance | War


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15 July 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ángel negro  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Daisy Heath: Well what are they doing? throwing sugar cubes at one another?
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Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Played by an army band for marching soldiers
Played on piano for dancing chorus girls
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Pack Up Your Marriage in Your Old Kit Bag (and Smile, Smile, Smile!)
20 August 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

When the United States enters World War I, patriotic Texan Jimmy Stewart (as William "Bill" Pettigrew) is among those to sign up for service. In New York for basic training, Mr. Stewart is bowled over by showgirl Margaret Sullavan (as Daisy Heath), but she is promised to distinguished Walter Pidgeon (as Sam Bailey). With Mr. Pidgeon's okay, Ms. Sullavan shows young Stewart around the city, including the roller-coaster at Coney Island. They're supposed to be "just friends" but Stewart is falling in love…

This was a direct re-make of the 1928 silent/sound success starring Nancy Carroll and Gary Cooper, and there were dozens of films with this romantic wartime love triangle. Most of the time, the male characters had different outcomes. The story is strained in places and diluted from the original, but the picture is nicely produced and performed well. The Stewart/Sullavan chemistry is easy to appreciate. A new Broadway musical sensation known as Mary Martin provides Sullavan with a beautiful singing voice.

****** The Shopworn Angel (7/15/38) H.C. Potter ~ Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Walter Pidgeon, Hattie McDaniel

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