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The Shop Around the Corner

DVD - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Shop Around the Corner
The setting is pre-World War II Budapest. Bickering co-workers in a gift shop don't realize they're lonelyhearts penpals.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2002
ISBN: 0790771470
Branch Call Number: SHOP AROUND THE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd, b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 05, 2015
  • SuzanneSisco rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is a delight to watch! I own and love the new version of this story "You got mail", so I was curious to see "Shop Around the Corner". I was pleasantly surprised! This movie is loaded with clever dialog, and a great cast! Margaret Sullivan and Jimmy Stewart make a great team - same as they did in "Mortal Storm"! I am adding this to my old movie collection.

Sep 26, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Director Ernest Lubitsch, you are amazing. You took the story of the Hugo Matuscheck & Company leather store and made one of the best love stories put to film. Of course, Jimmy Stewart and Margret Sullivan made an interesting couple. They are sales clerks at the store that is owned by Hugo Matuscheck played by lovable Frank Morgan. This 1940 movie could take place today, the time and place of the shop is unimportant. Love works in strange ways some times and this is a story of just such a time. Wonderful script, directing and acting that will be the gold standard of love stories for generations to come.
P.S. "The Shop Around the Corner" was picked one of the All "Time Magazines" 100 Best Films.

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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