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Shopworn (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 25 March 1932 (USA)
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.

Director:

Nick Grinde (as Nicholas Grinde)

Writers:

Sarah Y. Mason (story), Jo Swerling (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Kitty Lane
Regis Toomey ... David Livingston
Zasu Pitts ... Dot
Lucien Littlefield ... Fred
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Livingston
LeRoy Mason ... Toby (as Robert Alden)
Oscar Apfel ... Forbes
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Thorne
Albert Conti ... Andre
James Durkin ... District Attorney
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Storyline

A poor but honest and hardworking waitress from way across the tracks meets and falls in love with a college student from the upper-stuffy class, but the Mama of the intended objects to the romance. Her objections even lead her to having the waitress framed and sent to a prison work-farm for three months. Upon her release, the waitress finds instant stardom in the show business...and the social class she was lacking. Big Mama withdraws her objections. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

TO THE WOMEN OF SPOKANE! WERE THE SINS OF KITTY LANE ANY LESS SINFUL "BECAUSE" SHE WAS FIRST SINNED AGAINST (original Spokane theatre ad- all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel desengaño See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After a full-screen newspaper headline that reads "KITTY LANE NAMED IN DIVORCE SUIT" we see Barbara Stanwyck holding a different newspaper that reads "FATAL FALL CLIMAXES FATAL DIVORCE RAID" but no mention is made of such an incident at any time, so this must have been one of the deleted sequences. See more »

Goofs

When Kitty and David are parked next to the golf course, the windshield on his car is struck with a ball, causing it to crack on Kitty's side. In the next scene where they are parked and his mother and the judge pull abreast of them, the windshield is intact. See more »

Quotes

Camp Surgeon: You ought to wear more sensible shoes, Kitty.
Kitty Lane: Most men don't say that.
Camp Surgeon: No? What do they say?
Kitty Lane: Oh, they say, you have very pretty legs, Kitty.
Camp Surgeon: Well, you have.
Kitty Lane: And then they say, you're growing into quite a woman, aren't you? And they try and make a date.
Camp Surgeon: Do they have any luck?
Kitty Lane: What? These beau-hunks?
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Connections

Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Regis Toomey
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Momma goes Electra
20 August 2008 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

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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