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The Shopworn Angel (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 15 July 1938 (USA)
Shortly after the United States enters World War I in 1917, a Broadway actress agrees to let a naive soldier court her in order to impress his friends, but a real romance soon begins.

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H.C. Potter

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Waldo Salt (screen play), Dana Burnet (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sullavan ... Daisy Heath
James Stewart ... Bill Pettigrew
Walter Pidgeon ... Sam Bailey
Hattie McDaniel ... Martha
Nat Pendleton ... 'Dice'
Alan Curtis ... Thin Lips
Sam Levene ... 'Leer'
Eleanor Lynn ... Sally
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... McGonigle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charley Grapewin ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kavarna propadlih angelov See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $146,000 ($2.59M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Bill mails his postcards after leaving the soda fountain without putting any stamps on them. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Heath: Well what are they doing? throwing sugar cubes at one another?
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Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional German Christmas carol
Played by an army band for marching soldiers
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It's the screenplay that's shopworn
18 August 2003 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Even the great Margaret Sullavan can't make sense out of a character who starts out as a bossy, obnoxious, self-centered Broadway star, is humanized by hayseed soldier James Stewart by about the third reel, suddenly becomes a Nobly Suffering Heroine, still leads steady beau (and keeper) Walter Pidgeon on, and tries in every way to have her cake and eat it too. Later Sullavan and Stewart have a contest to see who can have the wettest eyes. It's a Borzage-like romance without the Borzage touch, and with cliches that must have been cliches even by 1938--the chorines trilling "Pack Up Your Troubles" as the World War 1 soldiers depart for France (and Sullavan's incongruous dubbing is unintentionally hilarious), the lovestruck private dreaming of his ladylove while peeling potatoes, the bombs-bursting-in-air war montages with ominous music. Amid such blarney it's a relief to have Pidgeon's unsentimental if slightly inert presence, and Hattie McDaniel as a maid who seems smarter and more commonsensical than anyone else in the movie.


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