Shop Around The Corner

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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 ...
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2000
  • UPC: 012569501935
  • Original Release: 1940
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    our favorite classic

    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.

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