Shopworn (1932)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Mar 25, 1932 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Barbara Stanwyck overcomes a veritable ocean of clichés and manages to make her "shopworn" heroine come to life in this old-fashioned but rather poignant melodrama. A waitress in her aunt and uncle's café, orphaned Kitty Lane falls in love with society scion Dave Livingston (Regis Toomey). Much to Mrs. Livingston's regret, Dave is equally smitten and the society matron (Clara Blandick) has Kitty convicted on a trumped up charge of prostitution. While Dave accompanies his mother on a long trip to Europe, Kitty serves her time in reform school and later becomes a successful showgirl. Reunited after several years, Dave and Kitty resume their romance and Mrs. Livingston once again attempts to talk Kitty out of marrying her son, this time by brandishing a firearm. Like Marguerite Gautier had before her, Kitty is about to sacrifice her love when Dave's mother suddenly has a change of heart.



class-consciousness, disapproval, doctor/nurse, engagement, family, family-disapproval, fiancee, forbidden-love, friendship, interference [obstruction], justice, love, marriage, mother, opposition, parent, prison, rejection, release, respect, romance, sentence [penal system], stars [celebrities], waiter