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The Shop Around the Corner (1940) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and produced by Ernst Lubitsch.

The Shop Around the Corner was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940): A Christmas Love Story

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 25, 2021 From 4 Star Films

The Shop Around The Corner samples a Hollywood-style Hungary that nevertheless establishes it as a much humbler, quieter picture than seasoned Lubitsch aficionados might be accustomed to. It’s subsequently one of his best efforts for this very reason. There’s an intimacy to it, recalling... Read full article


Holiday Delight on Blu-ray: It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947), Holiday Affair (1949), and The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

By KC on Dec 9, 2020 From Classic Movies

For over ten years on this site I have been banging the drum every holiday season about It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947), Holiday Affair (1949), and The Shop Around the Corner (1940). I never felt like they got enough love, though awareness of these charming films appears to have grown at a steady p... Read full article


Celebrating "The Shop Around the Corner" on its 80th Birthday

By The Lady Eve on Jan 10, 2020 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of what has been called Ernst Lubitsch’s “most discreet tour de force of art concealing art,” The Shop Around the Corner (1940). That’s a nicely spun phrase; some might simply call it perfection… ~ When she was asked,... Read full article


25 Days of Christmas: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

on Dec 7, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published December 1st, 2014 As one comment on the Facebook page read when I alluded to my less-than-positive review of this film, it may be time to get out your pitchforks, readers. ?It’s not that I didn’t like The Shop Around the Corner; it’s just not my favorite Ernst... Read full article


25 Days of Christmas: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

on Dec 4, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published December 1st, 2014 As one comment on the Facebook page read when I alluded to my less-than-positive review of this film, it may be time to get out your pitchforks, readers. ?It’s not that I didn’t like The Shop Around the Corner; it’s just not my favorite Ernst... Read full article


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Quotes from

Alfred Kralik: [asking Pirovitch about cost of living for married couple] Suppose a fellow gets an apartment with three rooms. Dining room, bedroom, living room.
Pirovitch: What do you need three rooms for? You live in the bedroom.
Alfred Kralik: Where do you eat?
Pirovitch: In the kitchen. You get a nice big kitchen.
Alfred Kralik: Where do you entertain?
Pirovitch: Entertain? What are you, an embassador? Who do you want to entertain? Listen listen, if someone is really your friend, he comes after dinner.


Klara Novak (Miss Novak): [In her letter to Alfred] : Oh, my Dear Friend, my heart was trembling as I walked into the post office, and there you were, lying in Box 237. I took you out of your envelope and read you, read you right there.


Alfred Kralik: Now if I were a girl and had to choose between a young good-for-nothing with plenty of hair and a good, solid, mature citizen, I'd pick Mathias Popkin every time.


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Facts about

All scenes were reportedly shot in sequence.
The play, "Perfumerie" (also known as "Illatszertár"), was copyrighted 10 November 1936.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 26, 1945 with Felix Bressart reprising his film role.
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Inducted 1999
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