Cover of "The Shop Around the Corner"

Cover of The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around The Corner is a 1940 romantic comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. It’s based on a 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie, written by Miklós László. It is probably the best romantic comedy that I have watched and is one of Time magazines All Time 100 best films.

The movie is set in a small shop in Budapest and focusses primarily on the relationships between the employees. The main characters are Alfred Kralik and Klara Novak (played by James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan) who are exchanging love letters to each other anonymously, whilst despising each other in real life.

The film is really charming and has been imitated many times, most recently with the Tom Hanks film “You Got Mail”.