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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

Writers:

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

Private William Pettigrew's service number as seen on his identification tag is 650597. 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

You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played as background music for marching soldiers
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Pack Up Your Marriage in Your Old Kit Bag (and Smile, Smile, Smile!)
20 August 2010 | by wes-connorsSee 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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