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The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

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  • Two bickering co-workers fall in love as anonymous pen pals in this trailer.

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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.


  • Margaret Sullavan
  • James Stewart
  • Frank Morgan
  • Joseph Schildkraut
  • Sara Haden
  • Felix Bressart
  • William Tracy
  • Inez Courtney
  • Charles Halton
  • Charles Smith

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Interwoven with subplots centered on the other members of the shop's little family, the romance proceeds through Lubitsch's brilliant deployment of point of view, allowing the audience to enter the perceptions of each individual character at exactly the right moment to develop maximum sympathy and suspense.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This is a sharp, elegant, unsentimental picture in which Stewart plays a character who is often gloomy and downright unsympathetic.

Metacritic review by Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian

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.

Metacritic review by Frank S. Nugent
Frank S. Nugent
The New York Times