The Shop Around the Corner
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1940
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
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Consensus: Deftly directed by Ernst Lubitsch from a smart, funny script by Samson Raphaelson, The Shop Around the Corner is a romantic comedy in the finest sense of the term.

TIME Magazine

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.'

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Nostalgic and charming romance with special moments in the extra-narrative action.

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Variety Staff

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

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

...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.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

One of the greatest romantic comedies.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1940 film is one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range.

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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

The charm of the gimmick in Lubitsch's take is passed over quickly in favor of studying both its effects on those involved, as well as the dynamics of the workplace at large.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This romantic comedy, from legendary Ernst Lubitsch, was the original inspiration for the nauseatingly trite "You've Got Mail," but is centered… More
Wildaly M
This one is a classic romance. But one of those really-good-can't-get-enough-of-them classics.
Jim Hunter
A Hungarian clerk falls in love with a pen pal who turns out to be his co-worker, with whom he has an antagonistic relationship. A remarkably dark romantic… More
Bruce Bruce
Film 21 is a 1940 black and white film that is a most excellent film, what's amazing is the subjects it touched on in 1940. First we have a couple who… More
Kevin M. Williams
Lubitsch lends his featherlight comic zest to that most claustrophobic of spaces: the workplace. In this case its a small leather goods retail store where the… More
Ken Stachnik
A total delight from start to finish

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