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The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak likewise carries a torch for her male pen pal, whom she also has never laid eyes on. It doesn't take a PhD degree to figure out that Kralik and Novak have been writing letters to each other. The film's many subplots are carried by Frank Morgan as the kindhearted shopkeeper and by Joseph Schildkraut as a backstabbing employee whose comeuppance is sure to result in spontaneous applause from the audience. Directed with comic delicacy by Ernst Lubitsch, this was later remade in 1949 as In the Good Old Summertime, and in 1998 as Ernst Lubitsch. It was also musicalized as the 1963 Broadway production She Loves Me. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 12, 1940


Awarded by
National Board of Review James Stewart Best Acting 1940 Winner


Margaret Sullavan
as Klara Novak
James Stewart
as Alfred Kralik
Frank Morgan
as Hugo Matuschek
Joseph Schildkraut
as Ferencz Vadas
Sara Haden
as Flora
Felix Bressart
as Pirovitch
William Tracy
as Pepi Katena
Inez Courtney
as Ilona
Sarah Edwards
as Woman Customer
Edwin Maxwell
as Doctor
Charles Halton
as Detective
Charles B. Smith
as Rudy
William Edmunds
as Waiter
Mira McKinney
as Customer
Renie Riano
as Customer
Mary Carr
as Grandmother
Claire Du Brey
as Customer
Ruth Warren
as Customer
Charles Arnt
as Policeman
Grace Hayle
as Plump Woman
Mabel Colcord
as Aunt Anna


Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch
Nikolaus Laszlo
Play Author
Samson Raphaelson
William H. Daniels
Werner Richard Heymann
Composer (Music Score)
Gene Ruggiero
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer