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The Shop Around the Corner
The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak 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 Kralik and Novak have been writing letters to each other. The film's many subplots are carried by Frank… More

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"As the plot has as many complications as characters, much of the fun comes in watching Scripter Samson Raphaelson neatly tangle and untangle them without tying himself in a hard knot."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Thoroughly different from To Be or Not To Be but just as exhilarating, it's one of the few films truly justifying Lubitsch's reputation for a 'touch.'"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Wonderful period low-budget light romantic comedy taking place during the Depression among a few underpaid neurotics surviving in the workforce of a small notions store."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lubitsch demonstrates that romantic comedies, like popcorn, can be enjoyed salty as well as sweet."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This charming and well-scripted comedy exploits the ingenious set-up with delightful results."
‑ , Film4
"Although picture carries the indelible stamp of Ernst Lubitsch at his best in generating humor and human interest from what might appear to be unimportant situations, it carries further to impress via the outstanding characterizations by Margaret Sullavan"
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"...a pretty kettle of bubbling brew it makes under Mr. Lubitsch's deft and tender management and with a genial company to play it gently, well this side of farce and well that side of utter seriousness."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Entertaining to a fault, the film doesn't ignite the imagination in the way many other films of the period did."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Contains delightful performances by Margaret Sullavan (full of grace and warmth) and the young James Stewart (a portrait of perfection)."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"One of the all-time great romantic films stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as two slightly antagonistic clerks working in the same store who do not realize they have been corresponding with one another and are in love."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"This 1940 film is one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the greatest romantic comedies."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Sure, the plot-turns are foreseeable, but the film's wit and perfectly gauged performances are undimmed delights."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"My favorite Christmas film, this deliciously delicate, multi-nuanced romantic comedy is one of Lubitsch's very best films, flawlessly acted by Jimmy Stewart at his peak, the sublime Margaret Sullavan, and the rest of the large ensemble."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This might be Lubitsch's gentlest work: sweetness mixed with a genuine sadness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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