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The Shop Around the Corner

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James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in The Shop Around the Corner


The Shop Around the Corner - Review
(1940)

In secret, two employees of a Hungarian leathergoods store exchange anonymous letters and fall deeply in love…completely unaware that they are each actually corresponding with a coworker they loathe. The Shop Around the Corner was the first version of this now-familiar story to hit the silver screen (you didn't think Nora Ephron came up with You've Got Mail on her own, did you?), and it shines above all the others not only because of the witty, heartfelt performances of its two leads, James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, but thanks to its excellent cast of supporting characters and detailed recreation of a financially depressed Budapest as it depicts the impact of the wider world on daily interactions. Two ordinary people falling in love has never seemed more joyful or miraculous.
Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner

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