The Shopworn Angel (1928 film)

The Shopworn Angel is a 1928 American part-talking romantic drama film directed by Richard Wallace starring Nancy Carroll and Gary Cooper.[2] The film was released by Paramount Pictures in a silent version as well as a sound version using the Movietone sound-on-film system.[3] This film was owned by Turner Entertainment and was distributed through Warner Bros.

The Shopworn Angel
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Wallace
Written byHoward Estabrook
Albert S. LeVino
Tom Miranda (intertitles)
Based onShort story "Private Pettigrew's Girl" (1918) by Dana Burnet
StarringNancy Carroll
Gary Cooper
Music byBen Bergunker
Andrea Setaro
CinematographyCharles Lang
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 29, 1928 (1928-12-29) (New York City)
  • January 12, 1929 (1929-01-12) (U.S.)
Running time
80 minutes
7,112 feet (silent version)
7,377 feet (sound version)[1]
CountryUnited States



This film was nearing completion when The Jazz Singer (1927) was released. Dialogue was written for Gary Cooper and Nancy Carroll to compete with "talking pictures". The last scene was a wedding and the only lines of dialogue spoken in the film are Cooper's "I do" and Carroll's "I do". In addition, Carroll is also heard singing the theme song.

Preservation status

This film survives in an incomplete form at the Library of Congress.


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