The Shop Around the Corner (Lubitsch, 1940)

The 2nd half of my Jimmy Stewart rom-com double feature!

The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)

While it’s completely obvious where this movie is headed from the moment Margaret Sullavan makes her first appearance, it’s approach to unlikely romance is a well-handled and realistically paced development. The two dis-like each other, but for no real reason, and in a way that makes their eventual connection not only believable but even destined. It’s almost like the two 1st-graders who call each other names, pull hair, and embarrass one another to cover up for the crush each has on the other. This sounds contrived, but most of the potential hokiness is avoided because of the maturity in the way they handle their feelings once the truth of identities becomes known; Stewart plays this role perfectly and, of course, gets his girl in the end!  7.75/10

shop around the corner


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