The Shop Around The Corner

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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 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.

The Shop Around the Corner
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Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Produced by Ernst Lubitsch
Screenplay by
Based on Parfumerie/Illatszertár
1937 play
by Miklós László
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Gene Ruggiero
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 12, 1940 (USA)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000
Box office $380,000 (EU)

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    The Shop Around The Corner dvd

    Posted by Randol Donnell on Jan 19th 2021

    The film itself is a subjective classic, meaning it will likely appeal to those who appreciate the 1930-40's film era. This paricular film, while not specifically a Christmas film, does have that feel due to the time frame of the plot. It is a charming, well filmed, well acted and representative of the classic quality era of movies that had multi-dimensional plot characteristics. As far as the quality of the Dvdsnsuch product - I cannot say enough about the superb quality of this DVD. Here's hoping Dvdsnsuch will someday offer other classics such as Judgement at Nuremberg, It Happened Tomorrow and The Caine Mutiny.

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