Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in Ernst Lubitsch's "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
James Stewart as Aflred Kralik and Margaret Sullavan as Klara Novak

Klara: Mr. Kralik, it’s true we’re in the same room, but we’re not in the same planet.
Alfred: Ms. Novack, although I’m the victim of your remark, I can’t help admiring the exquisite way you have of expressing yourself. You certainly know how to put a man in his planet.

4 Responses to “The Shop Around the Corner (1940)”

  1. This great comedy classic, of course well positioned here at LIC for the holiday season presents such a flawless chemistry of characters. Lubitsch may have made more “sophisticated” films, but the appeal of SHOP has always brought more tangible rewards for those who like the immediate payoff. Much like those who prefer the scratch offs SHOP is perennial in it’s accessibility, with the spectre of this great artist unmistakable throughout, and the three main stars have never been better.

  2. Believe it or not, I’d never seen this one before and I really loved it. I always love Stewart, but he and Sullavan had such a unique chemistry. I love how Lubitsch takes what seems like a surface trifle, typical romantic comedy fodder in fact, and elevates it with a richness around the edges and underneath. There’s a genuine streak of darkness running through it that makes the earned happy ending all the more enjoyable.

  3. This is an absolutely charming movie. I agree with you Craig, I think this movie is more complex than meets the eye but it’s subtle. Around the edges and underneath. :-)

    I love Stewart, too, and even though I like him in the straighter ‘nice guy’ roles like Mr. Smith, I thought he was at his best when he was playing characters with a little bit of a darker edge lurking beneath the surface (or out in the open) or characters with a more offbeat streak. Sullavan is terrific in this as well and they really are great together.

  4. Stewart’s definitely “dark” in this one. Not Vertigo dark, but still, he has an edge. I think because he IS so good as the straight guy, it makes it all the more interesting to see darkness creep in.

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