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The Shop Around the Corner -- Two bickering co-workers fall in love as anonymous pen pals in this trailer.

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Director:
Writers:
Samson Raphaelson (screen play by)
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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(71 articles)
User Reviews:
A Christmas Delight See more (125 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 (screen play by)

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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Soon after wrapping principal photography, Ernst Lubitsch talked to the New York Sun in January 1940. "It's not a big picture, just a quiet little story that seemed to have some charm. It didn't cost very much, for such a cast, under $500,000. It was made in twenty-eight days. I hope it has some charm."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Pirovitch looks through the right side of the Cafe window from outside and tells Alfred he can't see Klara's face at first because she is sitting behind a coat rack. When Alfred joins Klara inside, she's sitting at the far end of the window with the coat rack well behind her.See more »
Quotes:
[Alfred Kralik has just disclosed to Klara Novak that he is her anonymous pen pal]
Alfred Kralik:Are you disappointed?
Klara Novak (Miss Novak):Psychologically, I'm very confused... But personally, I don't feel bad at all.
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42 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
A Christmas Delight, 4 October 2004
Author: iandcooper from Cheltenham, England

I have lost count of just how many times I have seen this movie - I probably know the entire dialog backwards - yet I am drawn to it time and again.

Set in Hungary, a young Jimmy Stewart plays the eligible bachelor "Kralik" who becomes the secret admirer of Margaret Sullavan's innocent "Klara". Kralik secretly becomes Klara's pen-friend, and at work together Klara confides in Kralik about the content of his (Kralik's) letters. Clearly Kralik is besotted with Klara - but is unable to make his feelings known whilst he is in competition with the "pen-friend". Confused? Well you wont be - this story has a sweet, almost sugary ending - but we all know it is the ending we all want.

Other characters worth mentioning are Frank Morgan playing his usual role, this time as the shop's owner "Hugo Matuschek", Felix Bressart as "Pirovitch", Kralik's confidant. Joseph Schildkraut as the womanising arrogant "Vadas" - so well played that you cannot help but hate him right from the beginning.

Finally William Tracy who manages to endear himself to us all with his over-confident upstart of a shop junior "Pepi Katona".

Recently re-made as "You've Got Mail" starring Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan for me is not as good as the original - although I suspect younger audiences would disagree.

If this film is on in your area over Christmas, I suggest you pour yourself a nice glass of wine, put a log on the fire and have a box of Kleenex handy.

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