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Shopworn (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 25 March 1932 (USA)
A poor woman and a man from an upper-class family fall in love, but his mother will go to any lengths to stop their marriage.

Director:

Nick Grinde (as Nicholas Grinde)

Writers:

Sarah Y. Mason (story), Jo Swerling (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Kitty Lane
Regis Toomey ... David Livingston
Zasu Pitts ... Dot
Lucien Littlefield ... Fred
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Livingston
LeRoy Mason ... Toby (as Robert Alden)
Oscar Apfel ... Forbes
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Thorne
Albert Conti ... Andre
James Durkin ... District Attorney
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Storyline

A poor but honest and hardworking waitress from way across the tracks meets and falls in love with a college student from the upper-stuffy class, but the Mama of the intended objects to the romance. Her objections even lead her to having the waitress framed and sent to a prison work-farm for three months. Upon her release, the waitress finds instant stardom in the show business...and the social class she was lacking. Big Mama withdraws her objections. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The star of "Ladies of Leisure", "Ten Cents a Dance" and "The Miracle Woman" will have even greater box-office reach in another powerful heart interest! (original trade paper ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel desengaño See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edwin Maxwell is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Bierbauer," but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. In addition, a modern source lists Joan Standing and Dorothea Wolbert as cast members, but they were not seen in the movie either. See more »

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"You're hot but the coffee's cold"
21 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Shopworn (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Barbara Stanwyck plays Kitty Lane, a poor waitress who one days meets David Livingston (Regis Toomey) who is of course rich and comes from a respectable family. The two fall in love and decide to get married but his rather evil mother (Clara Blandick) will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Thinking he has left her, Kitty goes out to make something of herself. SHOPWORN is pretty predictable from start to finish but the attractive cast makes the film worth sitting through and especially since it runs a very fast 68-minutes. There's no question that the screenplay could have used a little work because everything that happens seems rather predictable and unoriginal even for 1932 standards. The poor girl being looked down upon by rich people is something we've seen many times and there's really nothing new done with it here. Even what happens to the character after she becomes famous is pretty standard stuff. What keeps the film moving along so well are the performances and especially the one from Stanwyck. She delivers a really well rounded performance as she perfectly nails both the tough and tender side of the character. Toomey is also quite good as the love interest and there's no question that Blandick does a very good job as the snake-hissing villain. Zasu Pitts is wasted in a supporting role but she's got one funny scene towards the start of the picture. The ending is one you'll see coming from a mile away and at times it gets so silly that I couldn't help but laugh but there's still enough going on here to make it worth viewing.


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