The Shopworn Angel (1938)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Romance, War

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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.



  • James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in The Shopworn Angel (1938)
  • Margaret Sullavan in The Shopworn Angel (1938)
  • James Stewart and Sam Levene in The Shopworn Angel (1938)
  • Walter Pidgeon and Margaret Sullavan in The Shopworn Angel (1938)
  • Sam Levene and Nat Pendleton in The Shopworn Angel (1938)
  • Sam Levene and Margaret Sullavan in The Shopworn Angel (1938)

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2 August 2003 | tsaro
| Simple, yet subtle. A minor classic.
The Waldo Salt screenplay takes a small story and develops it into an affecting portrait of three surprisingly convincing and complex human characters, all of whom transcend the typical dramatic constraints of late '30s Hollywood. All three principals turn in excellent, low-key performances in perfect keeping with the film's narrative strengths. I find it particularly interesting to compare this with the other bookend to Salt's screenwriting career, Coming Home, also a character-driven story that revolves around the complex, three-way relationship between a woman and the two men who love her in a time of war.

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