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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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