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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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Daisy Heath
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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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Joan Crawford turned down the role of Daisy Heath. See more »

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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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Referenced in Too Hot to Handle (1938) See more »

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The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Played by a band on ship
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sweet, dated melodrama
29 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Stewart is an appealing bumpkin whose homespun attitudes appeal to jaded Margaret Sullavan in "The Shopworn Angel," which also stars Walter Pidgeon and Hattie McDaniel.

Sullavan is a successful performer who is forced to give Stewart a ride when a policeman catches him trying to cross the street. Yeah, he's a private in training for World War I battle, and he's used to cattle but not cars back in Texas. He tells his army buddies that she's his girl, since he's never had one, and he appeals to her at the stage door of her show to play along for a few minutes. It goes from there, as she mothers him and is impressed by his ability to still have dreams. Meanwhile, her sophisticated boyfriend (Pidgeon) becomes jealous.

This is a sappy story but manages to be appealing because of the stars. The ending is telegraphed. It's not the best example of the work of Stewart, Sullavan (alone and together), or Mankiewicz but worth seeing as it's one of Stewart's early leads.


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