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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 »
User Reviews:
Very Enjoyable 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 (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:
Crew or equipment visible: After dismissing his employees for the night, Mr. Matuschek sees Vadas leave the shop. As he watches him close the door, you can clearly hear off camera directions that sound like "turn" and "he's gone."See more »
Quotes:
Alfred Kralik:There might be a lot we don't know about each other. You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.
Klara Novak (Miss Novak):Well I really wouldn't care to scratch your surface, Mr. Kralik, because I know exactly what I'd find. Instead of a heart, a hand-bag. Instead of a soul, a suitcase. And instead of an intellect, a cigarette lighter... which doesn't work.
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Movie Connections:
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Soundtrack:
Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes)See more »

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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Very Enjoyable, 8 January 2003
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With a very good cast, a nice blend of wit and sentiment, and many other pluses, this classic remains as enjoyable and charming as ever. The fluffy but pleasant story benefits greatly from the Lubitsch touch, since he had the knack of giving significance to little things without taking them or himself too seriously. Presenting his characters honestly yet sympathetically, he makes the somewhat contrived situation seem believable and worth caring about. Its appeal comes across as almost effortless, but you only have to compare it with the less effective 90's remake to see how important the right touch is with this kind of story.

The atmosphere of life in the Budapest shop is set up efficiently and convincingly, and the cast all settle into their roles seamlessly. As the leads, Jimmy Stewart works perfectly, of course, and Margaret Sullavan conveys the right balance of spunkiness and vulnerability. Felix Bressart is invaluable, giving perhaps the finest performance among his many character roles. In some of his scenes, he barely has to say a word to make you smile. Frank Morgan is surprisingly good in a role rather different than usual for him, Joseph Schildkraut is effectively oily as the deceitful Vadas, and the others all help out, too. Lubitsch gives all of the characters a chance to come to life without pretense, just by using simple details effectively.

It all fits together very well, moves at just the right pace, and makes you a part of the characters' world. It makes for a very enjoyable movie that holds up very well even after several viewings.

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