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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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Trivia

Private William Pettigrew's service number as seen on his identification tag is 650597. 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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Referenced in Too Hot to Handle (1938) See more »

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O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional German Christmas carol
Played by an army band for marching soldiers
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Pack Up Your Marriage in Your Old Kit Bag (and Smile, Smile, Smile!)
20 August 2010 | by (Earth) – 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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