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She Loves Me (1978)

| Musical | TV Movie 1978
A BBC production of the 1963 Broadway musical based on "The Shop Around the Corner."

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(book), (based on a play by: "Parfurmerie")
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Georg Nowack
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Amalia Balash
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Ladislav Sipos
David Kernan ...
Steven Kodaly
Diane Langton ...
Ilona Ritter
Derek Smith ...
Mr. Maraczek
Aubrey Woods ...
Head Waiter
Nigel Rathbone ...
Arpad Laszlo
Pamela Cundell ...
Baroness
Colin Starkey ...
Mr. Keller
Jane Egan
Lucy Fenwick
Christina Matthews
Gill Offord
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(as Gay Rose)
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Maraczek's Parfumerie is the setting for this romantic musical about the many entanglements of love. Georg Nowack and his co-workers lead quietly dreary lives as sales assistants in a little boutique in Budapest. That is until Amalia Balash shows up, asking for a job. As soon as she is hired, through no fault of her own, tensions begin to mount inside the store. Just as Georg and Amalia come to hate each other passionately, Georg discovers that Amalia is his secret pen-pal with whom he exchanges "Dear Friend" letters. How can they reconcile their simultaneous love and hate for each other? Written by Anonymous

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Jack Cassidy won Broadway's 1964 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "She Loves Me" as Steven Kodaly. See more »

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Version of The Shop Around the Corner (1940) See more »

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Will He Like Me?
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Sung by Gemma Craven
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Lazslo's Film Becomes a Television version of a Broadway Musical
24 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock composed the scores of a number of successful musical. In the 1970s they did this musical, based on Miklos Lazslo's PERFUMERIE, which Ernst Lubitsch turned into THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, and which had been made into the musical film IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME. Called SHE LOVES ME, it returns the setting to the leather goods store of the 1940 film (as opposed to the music shop of the 1949 film), and keeps the plot lines of the Lubitsch film as well. That is, we have the jealousy on the part of the store owner leading to his discharging the wrong man. We also have that same man discovering that the pen-pal he has come to admire, even adore, is the same woman he constantly fights with at work.

SHE LOVES ME was a success on Broadway, and PBS did this television version in 1978 using a British cast. Robin Ellis was playing the James Stewart/Van Johnson role, and Gemma Craven had the Margaret Sullivan/Judy Garland role. Ellis was at the peak of his fame across the Atlantic in the U.S. due to playing Ross Poldark, the hero of the series POLDARK based on the Winston Graham novels about late 18th Century Cornwall. This televised production demonstrated that Ellis was more than capable to handle a singing and dancing role, especially in the best known number from the show (the title song, "She Loves Me". Ms Craven did well too, my favorite recollection being her singing "ICE CREAM", the song that is the beginning of her realization that the fellow who has been a pain in her neck at the job is really quite a sweet guy.

The most interesting thing I found in this version of the story is that the villain actually has a strong good-bye number. Like Schildkraut he gets his comeuppance from management, but unlike that gentleman he takes it well. He'll always be a sneak, and his song shows he is proud of his intelligent slyness, and that he realizes that even with this temporary set-back he'll eventually come out on top somewhere else. He probably did.


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