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The Shop Around the Corner (12-Jan-1940)

Director: Ernst Lubitsch

Writer: Samson Raphaelson

From a play: Parfumerie by Nikolaus Laszlo

Musical Score: Werner R. Heymann

Producer: Ernst Lubitsch

Keywords: Romantic Comedy, Pen Pals

Set at the Matuschek and Company store in Budapest, Alfred Kralik and Klara Novak barely tolerate each other. They both fall in love with their respective pen-pals whom they have never met, and who happen to be each other. Meanwhile owner Hugo Matuschek has marriage trouble, suspecting his wife of having an affair. Intelligent script with good supporting cast brings a surprising depth to the story. A popular favorite; entered 1999 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Felix Bressart
2-Mar-1892 17-Mar-1949 To Be or Not to Be
Sara Haden
17-Nov-1899 15-Sep-1981 The Shop Around the Corner
Charles Halton
16-Mar-1876 16-Apr-1959 Bespectacled character actor
Frank Morgan
1-Jun-1890 18-Sep-1949 The Wizard of Oz
Joseph Schildkraut
22-Mar-1896 21-Jan-1964 The Life of Emile Zola
Jimmy Stewart
20-May-1908 2-Jul-1997 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Margaret Sullavan
16-May-1911 1-Jan-1960 The Shop Around the Corner
William Tracy
1-Sep-1917 18-Jun-1967 Terry and the Pirates


Margaret Sullavan   ...   Klara Novak
Jimmy 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


Review by Anonymous (posted on 8-Jun-2007)

This is a great movie. And a underated movie. James Stewart should have won the Oscar for his performance in this film. In fact the entire cast are excellent. MGM should have pushed this movie in the Oscar race but instead they went with The Philadelphia Story which was also a 4 star movie. Anyway take a look at Shop Around the Corner. It's one of those gems from Hollywood's Golden Age.

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