The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

DVD - 2002
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The setting is pre-World War II Budapest. Bickering co-workers in a gift shop don't realize they're lonelyhearts penpals.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2002
ISBN: 9780790771472
0790771470
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd, b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Mistaken identity and misunderstandings abound when two coworkers at a small shop in Budapest, Hungary correspond as anonymous pen pals and fall in love through letters. Culminating around the Christmas holidays, this well-regarded film stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. (B.A.)

Some plots are irresistible, especially with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan! Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reprised the lead roles in "You've Got Mail." And like "Pygmalion" (see above), the plot of this charming story was music to songwriters' ears, inspiring the musical "... Read More »


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mjking
Dec 19, 2020

This is one of my favourite movies of all time and not just as a Christmas classic. I can’t imagine anyone other than Jimmy Stewart as the lead.

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ekhdong
Oct 03, 2020

A brilliant, witty movie. Highly enjoyable.

Good fantasy contrast to the reality of Budapest of that time.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 18, 2020

VERY GOOD 1940 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan.
I rather enjoyed James Stewart in this amusing film set in Budapest, capital of Hungary, and Margaret Sullavan, too. There are numerous oddities because of the Budapest setting, but the romance and main characters pull it together.

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ms_mustard
Aug 18, 2016

very enjoyable. a multi-layered romantic comedy.
better than it's modern remake You've Got Mail

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mooncakedong
Jan 21, 2016

A warm and charming story! Like the ambience and the funny scenes. Sweet!

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Slys65ss
May 13, 2015

This is one of my must-see at Christmas movies. I watch it every year. It is delightful and charming. Jimmy Stewart is so young and he and Margaret Sullivan are wonderful. It will make you happy!

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SuzanneSisco
Feb 05, 2015

This movie is a delight to watch! I own and love the new version of this story "You got mail", so I was curious to see "Shop Around the Corner". I was pleasantly surprised! This movie is loaded with clever dialog, and a great cast! Margaret Sullivan and Jimmy Stewart make a great team - same as they did in "Mortal Storm"! I am adding this to my old movie collection.

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garycornell
Sep 26, 2014

Director Ernest Lubitsch, you are amazing. You took the story of the Hugo Matuscheck & Company leather store and made one of the best love stories put to film. Of course, Jimmy Stewart and Margret Sullivan made an interesting couple. They are sales clerks at the store that is owned by Hugo Matuscheck played by lovable Frank Morgan. This 1940 movie could take place today, the time and place of the shop is unimportant. Love works in strange ways some times and this is a story of just such a time. Wonderful script, directing and acting that will be the gold standard of love stories for generations to come.
P.S. "The Shop Around the Corner" was picked one of the All "Time Magazines" 100 Best Films.

jpozenel Dec 22, 2013

This is a great movie. It's one of those that even if you've seen it before, and it comes on television again, you end up sitting through it again and enjoy it as much as the time before.

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rslade
Apr 11, 2012

A more complex story arc than "You've Got Mail" given the additional tension in Jimmy Stewart's job situation, and the depression job situation in general, plus the immediate contact of the two principles. Stewart is the star, of course, but Frank Morgan's turn as the owner is very well done.

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