Shop Around The Corner

Shop Around The Corner

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Director: Ernst Lubitsch

Cast: Ernst Lubitsch, Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan

     
 

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The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak likewise

Overview

The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak likewise carries a torch for her male pen pal, whom she also has never laid eyes on. It doesn't take a PhD degree to figure out that Kralik and Novak have been writing letters to each other. The film's many subplots are carried by Frank Morgan as the kindhearted shopkeeper and by Joseph Schildkraut as a backstabbing employee whose comeuppance is sure to result in spontaneous applause from the audience. Directed with comic delicacy by Ernst Lubitsch, this was later remade in 1949 as In the Good Old Summertime, and in 1998 as You've Got Mail. It was also musicalized as the 1963 Broadway production She Loves Me.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
For sheer charm it's hard to beat this gentle 1940 comedy, an evocative period piece that bears the unmistakable "Touch" of Ernst Lubitsch, a consummate filmmaker who could accomplish more with a match than most directors could with a forest fire. This graceful tale unfolds mostly in a Budapest notions shop, where lonely clerk James Stewart conducts a romance by correspondence with equally lonely shopgirl Margaret Sullivan. A twist of fate finds her working at Stewart's store, where the would-be lovers continually bump heads, unaware that they are paramours by post. Lubitsch orchestrates the performances of Stewart and Sullivan, an unlikely-looking couple with surprisingly good chemistry, as well as those of a supporting cast that includes Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, and William Tracy. As moving as it is humorous, The Shop Around the Corner might seem like an old-fashioned curio to some, but to others it represents the very best that Hollywood once had to offer: tasteful, stylish, and, in its own small way, even profound.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Shop Around the Corner is one of the screen's best romantic comedies, and an excellent example of the subtle humor and wry character interplay that marked the films of director Ernst Lubitsch. The plot -- likeable people (James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan) who are antagonists in real life but also anonymous pen pals are infatuated with each other -- is ripe with comic potential, but Lubitsch takes the material further, including several bittersweet subplots that give the film richness and texture. The supporting performances are first-rate, particularly Frank Morgan and Joseph Schildkraut, and the film has the classy look that was a hallmark of MGM films of this era. The central story has been reused in various films, including Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
UPC:
0012569501935
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margaret Sullavan Klara Novak
James Stewart Alfred Kralik
Frank Morgan Hugo Matuschek
Joseph Schildkraut Ferencz Vadas
Sara Haden Flora
Felix Bressart Pirovitch
William Tracy Pepi Katena
Inez Courtney Ilona
Sarah Edwards Woman Customer
Edwin Maxwell Doctor
Charles Halton Detective
Charles B. Smith Rudy
Charles Arnt Policeman
Joan Blair Customer
Mary Carr Grandmother
Mabel Colcord Aunt Anna
Claire Du Brey Customer
William Edmunds Waiter
Grace Hayle Plump Woman
Mira McKinney Customer
Renie Riano Customer
Gertrude Simpson Women Customer
Ruth Warren Customer

Technical Credits
Ernst Lubitsch Director,Producer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Werner Richard Heymann Score Composer
Samson Raphaelson Screenwriter
Wade B. Rubottom Art Director
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Shop Around The Corner 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! There is such a charm about old black and white movies that today's movies have a hard time matching. If you liked You've Got Mail, you will love the movie it came from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful romantic picture, a great cast & Director that proved remakes seldom match this original. You've Got Mail, the modern version was good but Hanks performance did not measure up to Meg Ryan, being perfectly cast she stole the picture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We somehow lost our copy of this movie during 2004 and went through Christmas without it,missing it terribly,searching the entire house; now I buy a new copy. It has become one of our favorite holiday movies (and very entertaining any other time of year!) How is it that some movies just become part of our lives, like very good friends who can never be forgotten and are missed when you don't see them for a while? - this is one of THOSE very special movies that makes Christmas a true celebration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Sewart is one of my alltime favorite actors. As Angela(from the tv show "the office") would say, "He's so talented...." :)
AuntieMimi More than 1 year ago
Just perfection
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding performances by Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan and great supporting cast. No wonder they made a musical version "In the Good Ole Summertime" and updated version "You've Got Mail". A family favorite at Christmastime.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is our favorite Jimmy Stewart classic of all times. Much better than the newer ''You've Got Mail'' even though we're big Tom Hanks fans.