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Shopworn Angel (1938)





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The second motion picture version of a Saturday Evening Post story by Dana Burnet, this romantic melodrama was also the second pairing of actors James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. Stewart plays Private Bill Pettigrew, a nave young Texan in New York for basic training prior to being shipped overseas to fight in WWI. When he is nearly run over by an automobile, he meets its owner, Daisy Heath (Sullavan). A sophisticated entertainer, Daisy is taken with Bill's sweet, uncomplicated nature, and she agrees to a ruse when Bill asks her to pose has his girl in order to impress his Army bunkmates. Daisy's real boyfriend, Sam Bailey (Walter Pidgeon), is at first amused by Daisy's new friendship, but he soon becomes jealous of Bill's growing affection for Daisy. When Bill receives his orders, he begs Daisy to marry him, and although she doesn't really love him, Daisy can't reject a soldier who may be about to meet his maker, so a quickie ceremony is arranged. When word later comes that Bill has been killed on the front lines, a heartbroken Daisy realizes that she and Sam are taking each other for granted. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Waldo Salt
On DVD: Feb 23, 1994
Warner Bros.


Margaret Sullavan
as Daisy Heath
James Stewart
as Pvt. Bill Pettigrew
Walter Pidgeon
as Sam Bailey
Hattie McDaniel
as Martha the Maid
Alan Curtis
as Guy with Thin Lips
Sam Levene
as Guy With Leer
Charley Grapewin
as Wilson the Caretaker
Charles D. Brown
as Mr. McGonigle the St...
Jimmy Butler
as Elevator Boy
Eleanor Lynn
as Sally the Waitress
William Stack
as Minister
Hudson Shotwell
as Jack the Soldier
John Merton
as Speaker
Mary Howard
as Chorus Girl
Virginia Grey
as Chorus Girl
Wade Boteler
as Irish Policeman
Charles Grapewin
as Wilson the Caretaker
Grace Hayle
as Mistress of Ceremoni...
Edward Keane
as Captain
Frank McGlynn Jr.
as Motorcyclist
Eddy Chandler
as Corporal
Paul Spiegel
as Stage Manager
Don Brodie
as Attendant
Roger Converse
as Hotel Clerk
Francisco Maran
as Headwaiter
Paul Kruger
as Riveter
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Beautifully wrought picture with exquisite performances from the two leads. Margaret Sullavan was truly one of the most effective actresses of the golden age, able to wring the most genuine emotions out of any situation. She and Jimmy made a great team since her slightly bruised fragility always blended so well with his gentle naivete. The story is just a simple boy meets girl tale with a few twists but because of the stars as well as Walter Pidgeon, complicating matters but also being wise and warm, and the always amazing Hattie McDaniel, being her usual flip self it remains involving throughout.

jay nixon

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Watch out or you'll get buried by the amount of corn in this picture, but it still totally works because no one does earnest corn like Jimmy Stewart, for he seems to actually mean everything he says, no matter how hokey.

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