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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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Connections

Version of Pettigrew's Girl (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional German Christmas carol
Played by an army band 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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