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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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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(71 articles)
User Reviews:
Quiet, Unassuming, Perfect 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:
According to the Book "Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise", 'The Shop Around the Corner' is the most meaningful tribute possible to the owner and employees of the long vanished Berlin clothing firm of S. Lubitsch.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Klara hurries out of the back room with her hat and coat she rushes past the rest of the employees as they enter the room in a group. Flora is the second-to-last person in the line and she is clearly inside the room before Klara runs past. In the next cut showing Klara hurrying through the store, Flora is the last person in line and is still in the doorway.See more »
Quotes:
Alfred Kralik:[asking Pirovitch about cost of living for married couple] Suppose a fellow gets an apartment with three rooms. Dining room, bedroom, living room.
Pirovitch:What do you need three rooms for? You live in the bedroom.
Alfred Kralik:Where do you eat?
Pirovitch:In the kitchen. You get a nice big kitchen.
Alfred Kralik:Where do you entertain?
Pirovitch:Entertain? What are you, an embassador? Who do you want to entertain? Listen listen, if someone is really your friend, he comes after dinner.
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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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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Quiet, Unassuming, Perfect, 3 May 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

Much about love & life can be learned from watching the folks at THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER.

Ernst Lubitsch had another quiet triumph added to his credit with this lovely film. With sparkling dialogue (courtesy of his longtime collaborator Samson Raphaelson) and wonderful performances from a cast of abundantly talented performers, he created a truly memorable movie. Always believing in playing up to the intelligence of his viewers, and favoring sophistication over slapstick, the director concocted a scintillating cinematic repast seasoned with that elusive, enigmatic quality known as the ‘Lubitsch touch.'

Although the story is set in Budapest (and there is a jumble of accents among the players) this is of no consequence. The beautiful simplicity of the plot is that any great American city or small town could easily be the locus for the action.

Jimmy Stewart & Margaret Sullavan are wonderful as the clerks in love with romance and then with each other - without knowing it. Their dialogue - so adeptly handled as to seem utterly natural - perfectly conveys their confusion & quiet desperation as they seek for soul mates. Theirs is one of the classic love stories of the cinema.

Cherubic Frank Morgan has a more serious role than usual, that of a man whose transient importance in his little world is shattered when he finds himself to be a cuckold. An accomplished scene stealer, he allows no emotion to escape unvented. Additionally, Morgan provides the film with its most joyous few moments - near the end - when he determines that his store's newest employee, an impoverished youth, enjoys a memorable Christmas Eve.

Joseph Schildkraut adds another vivid depiction to his roster of screen portrayals, this time that of a toadying, sycophantic Lothario who thoroughly deserves the punishment eventually meted out to him. Gentle Felix Bressart has his finest film role as a family man who really can not afford to become involved in shop intrigues, yet remains a steadfast friend to Stewart.

Sara Haden graces the small role of a sales clerk. William Tracy is hilarious as the ambitious errand boy who takes advantage of unforeseen developments to leverage himself onto the sales force.

In tiny roles, Charles Halton plays a no-nonsense detective and Edwin Maxwell appears as a pompous doctor. Movie mavens will recognize Mary Carr & Mabel Colcord - both uncredited - in their single scene as Miss Sullavan's grandmother & aunt.

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