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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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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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Drama | Romance | War

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15 July 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ángel negro  »

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Margaret Sullavan's singing was dubbed by Mary Martin. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Heath: Well what are they doing? throwing sugar cubes at one another?
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Referenced in Too Hot to Handle (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played as background music for marching soldiers
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Simple, yet subtle. A minor classic.
2 August 2003 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

The Waldo Salt screenplay takes a small story and develops it into an affecting portrait of three surprisingly convincing and complex human characters, all of whom transcend the typical dramatic constraints of late '30s Hollywood. All three principals turn in excellent, low-key performances in perfect keeping with the film's narrative strengths. I find it particularly interesting to compare this with the other bookend to Salt's screenwriting career, Coming Home, also a character-driven story that revolves around the complex, three-way relationship between a woman and the two men who love her in a time of war.


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