Shopworn (1932)

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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.


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  • Barbara Stanwyck and Albert Conti in Shopworn (1932)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and Joe Sawyer in Shopworn (1932)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and Clara Blandick in Shopworn (1932)
  • Barbara Stanwyck in Shopworn (1932)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and Albert Conti in Shopworn (1932)
  • Barbara Stanwyck in Shopworn (1932)

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20 August 2008 | st-shot
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| Momma goes Electra
Working class heroine Barbara Stanwyck is tough as nails as she spits in "decent society's" face rather than buckle to bribe or threat as a waitress in an other side of the tracks romance with a med student in Shopworn.

The son of an overly possessive mother, David Livingston falls hard for tip chaser Kitty Lane at a local greasy spoon. Clinging mom is not about to let this happen and she wastes no time in exercising her considerable pull in getting a big time judge relative to send her to the slammer for 90 days on morals charges. Upon release Kitty goes on stage and makes it big. Six years later she runs into David, now a doctor again along with his mother still intent on keeping a firm grip on him.

There is some very ugly abuse of power that takes place in Shopworn as the son obsessed mother badgers the judge to do her corrupt bidding in getting Kitty out of the way. There are also swipes at law enforcement, the penal system and polite society, with Kitty being an ideal lynch pin for such actions. As Kitty, Stanwyck does an excellent job of vociferously exposing hypocrisy, especially in the scene where she is bribed and threatened as she throws the money in the judge's face and berates the police. The ending is contrived however and the sickeningly sweet finale is hard to swallow. Babs is too good for the lot of 'em. Mom and son (a wincingly woosie performance by Regis Toomey) don't deserve to be in the same room as her.

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