The Shop Around the Corner

1940 romantic comedy film by Ernst Lubitsch / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson based on the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László.[2][3] Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leathergoods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters.[2]

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The Shop Around the Corner
Theatrical release poster
Directed byErnst Lubitsch
Screenplay by
Based onParfumerie/Illatszertár
1937 play
by Miklós László
Produced byErnst Lubitsch
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byGene Ruggiero
Music byWerner R. Heymann
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • January 12, 1940 (1940-01-12) (USA)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$380,000 (EU)

The Shop Around the Corner is ranked #28 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions, and is listed in Time's All-Time 100 Movies.[4] In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[5][6][7]