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The Shop Around the Corner

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Shop Around the Corner
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The setting is pre-World War II Budapest. Bickering co-workers in a gift shop don't realize they're lonelyhearts penpals.
Title: The shop around the corner
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2002
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: [presented by] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; screenplay by Samson Raphaelson ; produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch ; produced by Loew's Incorporated
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Based on the play Parfumerie, by Nikolaus [i.e. Miklos] Laszlo
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1940
Summary: The setting is pre-World War II Budapest. Bickering co-workers in a gift shop don't realize they're lonelyhearts penpals.
ISBN: 9780790771472
0790771470
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy SHOP
Credits: Director of photography, William Daniels ; editor, Gene Ruggiero ; music, Werner R. Heymann.
Performers: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut.
System Details: DVD, Dolby system
Other Language: English or French dialogue; English, French, or Spanish subtitles
Closed captioned
Subject Headings: Budapest (Hungary) Drama Man-woman relationships Drama Laszlo, Miklos Film adaptations
Genre/Form: Comedy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Comedy films
Feature films
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 65669 Warner Bros
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Margaret Sullivan and Jimmy Stewart are looking in their mailboxes for love. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, who was perhaps the greatest director of romantic comedies.


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Dec 22, 2013
  • jpozenel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great movie. It's one of those that even if you've seen it before, and it comes on television again, you end up sitting through it again and enjoy it as much as the time before.

Apr 11, 2012
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A more complex story arc than "You've Got Mail" given the additional tension in Jimmy Stewart's job situation, and the depression job situation in general, plus the immediate contact of the two principles. Stewart is the star, of course, but Frank Morgan's turn as the owner is very well done.

Mar 15, 2012
  • WormsBookChief rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great little film, the original 'You've got mail'. Such a classic, can't believe no one's ever heard of it! a gem for a cold night in with a big bowl of popcorn.

Oct 11, 2011
  • B__Lee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A modest masterpiece. This is one of the few movies I can say is absolutely perfect.---On the surface a conventional romantic comedy, dig a little deeper and there are bittersweet depths about love, acceptance and the passage of time. -----In the centerpiece story, James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, two youngish clerks in a Hungarian luggage shop are otherwise perfectly nice people who get off on the wrong foot and things go from bad to worse-----Embroidering the edges of of the main story we have the stern, aging shop owner confronting the despair of an unfaithful wife and taking it out on his employees, a meek older clerk just able to support his family unable to speak up to the boss, a handsome clerk whose obsequiousness makes him unbearable, an ambitious delivery boy on his way up and the sweet boy who replaces him----Unusual for a romantic comedy, there is an undercurrent about how the workplace defines our lives, the unfortunate need to take blows to one's pride in order to get a job and keep it.-----Also unusual, the director Ernst Lubitsch delights in revealing these characters unpleasant qualities without making us dislike them.

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