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The Shop Around the Corner ()


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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

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Klara Novak
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Alfred Kralik
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Hugo Matuschek
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Ferencz Vadas
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Flora
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Pirovitch
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Pepi Katona
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Ilona
Sarah Edwards ...
Woman Customer
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Doctor
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Detective
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Rudy
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Policeman (uncredited)
Joan Blair ...
Customer Recognizing Matuschek (uncredited)
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Grandmother (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ...
Aunt Anna (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
William Edmunds ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Plump Woman (uncredited)
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Director - in Trailer (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
Gertrude Simpson ...
Customer (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ...
Customer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ernst Lubitsch

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Samson Raphaelson ... (screenplay)
 
Miklós László ... (based on a play by) (as Nikolaus Laszlo)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)

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Ernst Lubitsch ... producer

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Werner R. Heymann ... (musical score)

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William H. Daniels ... director of photography (as William Daniels)

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Gene Ruggiero ... film editor

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Cedric Gibbons

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist: Miss Sullavan

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Arthur Rose ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Horace Hough ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Wade B. Rubottom ... associate art director
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

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Wally Heglin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In Budapest, Hungary, the Matuschek and Company store is owned by Mr. Hugo Matuschek and the bachelor Alfred Kralik is his best and most experienced salesman. When Klara Novak seeks a job position of saleswoman in the store, Matuschek hires her but Kralik and she do not get along. Meanwhile the lonely and dedicated Kralik has an unknown pen pal that he intends to propose very soon; however, he is fired without explanation by Matuschek on the night that he is going to meet his secret love. He goes to the bar where they have scheduled their meeting with his colleague Pirovitch and he surprisingly finds that Klara is his correspondent; however, ashamed After being let go he does not disclose his identity to her. When Matuschek discovers that he had misjudged Kralik and committed a mistake, he hires him again for the position of manager. But Klara is still fascinated with her correspondent and does not pay much attention to Alfred. Alfred works out a plan to reveal himself to Klara's who he is attracted to now that he sees past her attitude. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Shopworn Angel (United States)
  • Rendez-vous (France)
  • Rendezvous nach Ladenschluß (Germany)
  • El bazar de las sorpresas (Spain)
  • Magazinul de dupa colt (Romania)
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  • 99 min
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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 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes) See more »
Quotes Doctor: Pardon me Mr.Katona? Precisely what position do you hold with Matuschek and Company?
Pepi Katona: Well, I would describe myself as a contact man. I keep contact between Matuschek and the customers... on a bicycle.
Doctor: Do you mean, an errand boy?
Pepi Katona: Doctor, do I call you a pill-peddler?
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