The Shopworn Angel (1928)

Genres - Romance, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Shopworn Angel was the first of three film versions of the Dana Burnet short story Private Pettigrew's Girl. Nancy Carroll stars as footloose cabaret entertainer Daisy Heath, who is totally oblivious to world affairs until she sees a parade of soldiers marching off to WWI. Later on, she inaugurates a casual romance with Texas-born private William Tyler (Gary Cooper). Daisy treats their brief affair as "just one of those things," but Tyler falls deeply in love with her. Panicking when Daisy begins keeping time with Broadway roue Bailey (Paul Lukas), Tyler goes AWOL on the eve of his embarkation to France. He seeks out and finds Daisy, whereupon the two spend a romantic day and night together. At last realizing that she is genuinely in love with Tyler, Daisy agrees to marry him but faints just before the preacher is able to complete the ceremony. Borne off by the MPs, Tyler is bundled onto his transport ship and sent off to the battlefields of France. Her outlook on life profoundly changed by this experience, Daisy forsakes her carefree ways, promising to wait faithfully for Tyler's return. Shopworn Angel was remade in 1938 with Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart, then again in 1959 as the Sophia Loren vehicle That Kind of Woman. A silent film, the 1929 Shopworn Angel was released with a handful of musical sequences, including Nancy Carroll's solo rendition of A Precious Little Thing Called Love.



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