The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson based on a 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie, written by Miklós László. This film was ranked #28 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions. In 1999, The Shop Around the Corner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Set in and around a Budapest store, co-workers Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) and Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) hold an intense dislike for each other, while maintaining a secret letter-writing relationship, neither realizing who their pen-pal is. They fall in love via their correspondence, while being antipathic and peevish towards one another in real life. A major subplot concerns the apparent infidelity of the store owner's wife, and its spillover effect upon the various working relationships in the shop. Comic relief is provided throughout by William Tracy's characterization of Pepi the delivery boy.
In an odd Hollywood turn, Rudy, the last major speaking part of the film (the newest delivery boy, offered a huge Christmas meal by Mr. Matuschek), is played by Charles Smith. In the remake, In the Good Old Summertime with Van Johnson and Judy Garland, an uncredited Charles Smith is one of the quartet singing with Judy at the engagement party.
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