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The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

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Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus Laszlos. Budapest gift-shop clerk James Stewart and newly hired shopgirl Margaret Sullavan hate each other almost at first sight. Stewart would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Sullavan likewise carries a torch for her male pen-pal, whom she also has never laid eyes on. It doesn't take a PHD degree to figure out that Stewart and Sullavan have been writing letters to each other. The film's many subplots are carried by Frank Morgan as the kindhearted shopkeeper and by Joseph Schildkraut as a backstabbing employee whose comeuppance is sure
to result in spontaneous applause from the audience. Directed with comic delicacy by Ernst Lubitsch, this was later remade in 1949 as In the Good Old Summertime, and still later musicalized as the1963 Broadway production
She Loves Me.   -- Hal Erickson

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