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Director:
Writers:
Samson Raphaelson (screenplay)
Miklós László (based on a play by)
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Release Date:
12 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Romantic comedy perfection See more (128 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 Katona

Inez Courtney ... Ilona
Sarah Edwards ... Woman Customer

Edwin Maxwell ... Doctor
Charles Halton ... Detective
Charles Smith ... Rudy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Arnt ... Policeman (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Customer Recognizing Matuschek (uncredited)
Mary Carr ... Grandmother (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Aunt Anna (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Customer (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Waiter (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Plump Woman (uncredited)

Ernst Lubitsch ... Himself - Director - in Trailer (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Customer (uncredited)
Renie Riano ... Customer (uncredited)
Gertrude Simpson ... Customer (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Samson Raphaelson (screenplay)

Miklós László (based on a play by) (as Nikolaus Laszlo)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss Sullavan
 
Production Management
Arthur Rose .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Wade B. Rubottom .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1949) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5967)

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Trivia:
The play, "Parfumerie" (also known as "Illatszertár"), was copyrighted 10 November 1936.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before they leave the store room Alfred takes 5 boxes and Klara 4. In the next cut, suddenly Klara carries 5 boxes and Alfred has 4.See more »
Quotes:
Klara Novak (Miss Novak):All my knowledge came from books, and I'd just finished a novel about a glamorous French actress from the Comedie Francaise. That's the theater in France. When she wanted to arouse a man's interest, she treated him like a dog.
Alfred Kralik:Yes, well, you treated me like a dog.
Klara Novak (Miss Novak):Yes, but instead of licking my hand, you barked.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Starting Out in the Evening (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes)See more »

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102 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Romantic comedy perfection, 3 May 2004
Author: fwmurnau from United States

Lubitsch's charming masterpiece, so often imitated and re-adapted since it appeared in 1940, is one of the very few films that can be called perfect. There is not a shot, a line, a performance, or a moment in THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER that isn't exactly right. Everything fits together and runs like a Swiss watch.

With its flawless screenplay and cast, it's the most subtle, discreet, and understated of romantic comedies. What other film manages to be so warm-hearted yet so rigorously unsentimental? What other movie story is so exquisitely planned and executed?

Margaret Sullaven isn't sexy, it's true, but this isn't a film about sex. It's about love in the human heart and mind. A sexier actress would have thrown things out-of-balance. As always, Lubitsch knew exactly what he was doing. Just as he knew ace comedian Frank Morgan (the WIZARD OF OZ's Wizard) had hidden depth, which this film so beautifully reveals.

They don't make them like this anymore -- they didn't make them like this back then, either. SHOP was under-rated in 1940, when it appeared. It's simply too subtle, too intelligent and disciplined for the average viewer or critic.

Nothing overdone or exaggerated. Nothing out-of-place. If Mozart had been a filmmaker, he would have made this one. Warm, charming, adult, quiet, intelligent, knowing, touching ... perfection.

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