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The Shop Around the Corner -- James Stewart is a Budapest store clerk who finds himself feuding with his co-worker, Margaret Sullavan, only to unknowingly fall in love with her.
The Shop Around the Corner -- Trailer for The Shop Around The Corner
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 (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 (129 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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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:
Several people who are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were the Customers, Claire Du Brey, Mira McKinney, Renie Riano and Ruth Warren.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Klara is wrapping the wallet for her mystery boyfriend, Alfred comes into the room, and she stops to talk. However, when they both leave the room, she picks up the package and it's completely wrapped.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:
Spoofed in They Came Together (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes)See more »

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102 out of 113 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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