Shop Around the Corner, The (1940)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
James Stewart Alfred Kralik
Margaret Sullavan Klara Novak (Miss Novak)
Frank Morgan Hugo Matuschek (Mr. Matuschek)
Joseph Schildkraut Ferencz Vadas
Sara Haden Flora Katcuck
Felix Bressart Pirovitch
William Tracy Pepi Katona
Inez Courtney Ilona Novodny
Sarah Edwards Woman Customer
Edwin Maxwell Doctor
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director Ernst Lubitsch
Producer Ernst Lubitsch
Writer Miklós László; Samson Raphaelson
Studio Warner Bros.; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating Approved
Running Time 1 hr 39 mins
Country USA
Color Color
"Matuschek's" is the gift shop around the corner. Among the staff is Alfred Kralik, a likeable young man who's in love with a woman he has never met...

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

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 infatuated with each other — is ripe with comic potential, but Lubitsch takes the material further, including several bittersweet sub-plots 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. by Richard Gilliam

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Tell bickering Budapest gift-shop workers Alfred andiKlara that they love each other andithey might call you crazy. No lovers can compareito theiromantic, secret pen pals each knows onlyias Dear Friend. What Alfred andiKlara don't know, or course, isithat they are each other's Dear Friend. In theithird of their four luminous screen pairings, Margaret Sullivan andiJames Stewart stariin this valentineito love wrappediin theiribbon of director Ernst Lubitsch's trademark touch: wit instead of buffoonery, sentiment instead of sentimentality, affection instead of attitude. As enchantingias it was yesterday, The Shop Around theiCorner was breezily updatedito theielectronic age when Tom Hanks andiMeg Ryan clicked togetheriin You've Got Mail. In any age, your patronage will be cheerfully rewarded.

Personal Details
My Rating 8
Seen It Yes
Viewing Date 8/21/03
Seen Where Home
Index 399
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/18/03
Purchase Price $15.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 004
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 012569566927
Chapters 33
Release Date 10/1/02
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
A New Romance of Celluloid Documentary "The Miracle of Sound"
Theatrical Trailers of this, its 1949 Musical Remake In the Good Old Summertime and its 1998 Remake You've Got Mail
A Great Story is Worth Retelling Production Notes
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