The Shop Around the Corner
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Top Customer Reviews
The premise of the film is simple. In Budapest, Hungary, a young woman advertises for a pen pal, with the proviso that each are to remain anonymous. A young man responds to her ad, and they begin corresponding and fall in love through the mail. Unbeknownst to them, these two amorous correspondents, Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are co-workers in a leather goods shop owned by Hugo Matuschek (Frank Morgan of Wizard of Oz fame). Unfortunately, they do not appear to get along, and the words fly fast and furious between them at times.
There is also a strong sub-plot in this film, involving the cuckolding of Mr. Matuschek by his wife of twenty two years. It is a sub-plot that causes a greatly anguished Mr. Matuschek to turn on an employee whom he holds most dear. This sets in to motion a sequence of interconnecting events and revelations that work beautifully, setting the film for its final resolution between the two main protagonists, Kralik and Novak.
James Stewart gives a terrific performance as Kralik, the working stiff who is just looking for the right girl and finds her where he least expected. Stewart always shines when playing the classic Everyman. Margaret Sullavan, as Novak, gives a pert and sassy performance that belies her longing for romance in her life and for her knight in shining armor. Her sharp tongued banter with Kralik disguises an attraction that even she does not fully understand.Read more ›
While the acting abilities of James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan are legendary, it's the supporting cast that truly carries this film. Frank Morgan (perhaps best known for his role as the Wizard of OZ) is marvelous as Mr. Matuschek, the shop owner. Sara Hayden, Felix Bressart, and Joseph Schildkraut round out the principle supporting cast and all turn in wonderful performances.
If you're a fan of James Stewart or Margaret Sullivan you must see this film. If you love romantic comedies, this is one of the best. And if you just want to see a thoroughly enjoyable movie, watch this one and you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Man, I loves me a list. And not that anyone asked, but I've got me a list of top five favorite Christmas movies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Bala
So much better than you got mail. The problem with that film was that the plot was convoluted. Here, the two main characters are co workers who are, unbeknownst to them,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna Robb
Jimmy Stewart one of the greatest American actors ever. Wonderful movie, heart warming, romantic, sharp, quick, beautiful in its story and simplicity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Streisand
An absolutely delightful film! My mother and I get together every year to watch it and we both love, love, love it!Published 2 months ago by Heather W
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this was brought to Broadway as "She Loves Me". I don't know what year
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