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Sonntag, 4. Dezember 2011

Let's watch.. ..The Shop around the Corner (1940)

You should know this: I am an avid Ernst Lubitsch fan.

There is at least one film of his I watch every year around christmas time:


THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940)

Budapest, 1930s: Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) works as a clerk in the shop of Hugo Matuschek (Frank Morgan). He writes letters to a young lady. Around christmas time he finds out that she is his new colleague Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) who doesn't know who her penfriend is either. He can't stand her - apparently a mutual feeling - till now..

~ Dear friends? James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. ~


I don't know if this film is a so called "christmas classic" - as I said: I watch it every year around this time - and I love it. It is one of my favourite films. It is based on a play by Miklós László that it is based on a play is very obvious for most of the story is set in the shop - and the characters are few but quite well portrayed.

The additional cast is marvellous: We have so many of my favourites - who are just wonderful - no matter if comedy or tragedy they were able to do it - very versatile actors indeed: Frank Morgan, Felix Bressart, Joseph Schildkraut, Charles Smith, William Tracy, Inez Courtney and Sara Haden.

Actually I love the whole cast! Margaret Sullavan is also a wonderful actress - who sadly would die very young (I will spare you more facts about her.. this is after all not meant to turn out a Miss Sullavan fan post..) - and I think I don't have to say a word about James Stewart at all..

THis film is not only a comedy - it also has some very grave parts:

Hugo Matuschek suspects his wife (who never appears on screen..) to be unfaithful, the clerks are afraid to loose their jobs - so much that they are careful what they say about their boss when their co-workers are around, there is even an attempted suicide (a very well done scene just by the way..) - all that hardly topics for light comedies. Maybe I might call this film a "melo-comedy"..

~ maybe my favourite "couple" in this film: Frank Morgan and Charles Smith. ~


There are at least two remakes - if you can call them remakes - for as I said originally it was a play:

The first one is IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME (1949) with Judy Garland and Van Johnson in the lead - and an amazing additional cast: Buster Keaton, Spring Byington, S.Z. Sakall and Clinton Sundberg. - Even Charles Smith appears here again. It also features little Liza Minnelli.. It has only a small scene set on christmas - and it is moved to a music shop in Chicago around 1900.. It's actually more of a blitheful musical - I love that one, too..

The newest version might be YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998) - which I find horrible - though it is set in bookshops in New York..

I just prefer the classic versions..

And finally I'd like to say:

Thank you, who you work in shops around all the corners of the world for all your patience during our christmas shopping sessions!

Thank you - and I hope that some of your customers know this film - and give you a little smile or a nice word now and then!

~ getting ready for christmas business:
Inez Courtney, James Stewart, William Tracy, Sara Haden and Felix Bressart. ~

Hope you're enjoying the show!

Yours (very well and truly

Irene

Kommentare:

  1. I love this movie! And I even like the remakes. Though I can understand why you wouldn't like You've Got Mail.

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  2. I love this movie; it's one of my favorite holiday films.

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  3. Ah, The Shop Around the Corner. A true classic holiday film. Great choice Irene. I wasn't even closing when guessing this earlier was I?

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  4. I love this movie but haven't seen it in probably 2 years. Your post has brought it to mind, so I need to do a re-watch one of these days.

    I have seen In the Good Old Summertime...didn't overly like it, but I'm not a huge Judy Garland fan, so that may be why.

    My daughter recently watched You've Got Mail. She said it was cute, but she far prefers Jimmy to Tom Hanks.

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  5. Thank you all for your comments!

    FionaAlanna: I am a bit sorry that I can't get into YOU'VE GOT MAIL - it just doesn't work for me. But thank you for your understanding - that's kind!

    CagneyFan: It's just great, isn't it?

    Monty: No, I'm afraid you weren't.. Thank you for liking my choice!

    Patti: Hope you enjoy it again in a re-watch session! (I would prefer James Stewart to Tom Hanks under any circumstance..) ;")

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  6. Thank you all for your comments!

    FionaAlanna: I am a bit sorry that I can't get into YOU'VE GOT MAIL - it just doesn't work for me. But thank you for your understanding - that's kind!

    CagneyFan: It's just great, isn't it?

    Monty: No, I'm afraid you weren't.. Thank you for liking my choice!

    Patti: Hope you enjoy it again in a re-watch session! (I would prefer James Stewart to Tom Hanks under any circumstance..) ;")

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