The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

By Ernst Lubitsch

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 1940-01-12
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 38min
  • Director: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 389 Ratings


Oscar-winner James Stewart ("It's a Wonderful Life," "The Philadelphia Story") is a Budapest store clerk who finds himself feuding with his co-worker, Oscar-nominee Margaret Sullavan ("Three Comrades"), only to unknowingly fall in love with her. Co-starring Oscar-nominee Frank Morgan ("The Wizard of Oz") and Oscar-winner Joseph Schildkraut ("The Life of Emile Zola"). Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.




  • One of the best films / terrible transfer

    By BeechtreeManningcroft
    WARNER BROTHERS! AT&T! SOMEBODY! Please put a good transfer up somewhere!!!!!!!!!! What a bummer. There are better transfers of this film out. I watched it on filmstruck before at&t shut it down and the transfer was gorgeous. I have no idea why they would put this one up for sale. This film is up there with the greatest films of all time and should be treated as such.
  • The Shop Around the Corner

    By SophiaS
    A perfectly lovely movie, with well-written and acted characters. I especially love the pre-WWII innocence & charm of it all; Sullavan & Stewart are delightful. It’s one of my favorites & a must-see during every holiday season.
  • Wonderful movie but substandard print

    By ChrisKCoats
    This is absolutely one of the greatest comedy, romance, Christmas movies. In fact, it’s hard not describe it on superlatives. Unfortunately, it is only available in SD, and in what appears to be a pretty substandard VHS rip. The current DVD release that Warner’s has out is of much higher quality.
  • Semi-charming but not first rate

    By Furutan1
    The story is told in a fairly unpolished fashion, bumbling along without much direction and not very artfully done. While acknowledging the half centuty of differences in circumstance, Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail was exactly the right way to do it. As for the setting, this movie clearly was in the queue for a long time before they made it, as rather than being a charming "old country" movie, it was released two years after Hungary had allied itself with Hitler. Frankly, I am astonished that they did not change the setting to someplace more appropriate. In hindsight, it is hard to think of the characters enduring what was to come, with Germany taking over in 1944 and the USSR after that - and particularly considering that Hungary had participated in the Nazi invasion of the USSR. Context aside, this movie is okay, but there is a reason it has maintained such a low profile over the years. This is not a major classic, but the kind of film that is, as it is, distributed by TCM.
  • The Shop Around the Corner

    By Ronm01
    Classic Jimmy Stewart emotional appeal. Quite slow beginning that becomes compelling the more one watches.
  • I’m Not Bowlegged!

    By Frank C 66554321.
    Classic Rom Com set in a Budapest gift shop filled with wonderful characters. The editing is done to perfection. Margaret Sullavan plays it a little over the top, but James stewart is spot on. It plays out well and ends perfectly.
  • One of the best

    By MBfilmlover1954
    One of my favorite movies to watch no matter what time of the year. I like that You've Got Mail was based off this movie in some parts and they also used In The Good Old Summertime. James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan make a great on screen couple. A must see film if you love the classics.
  • Sweet & clever

    By PeaSoupBug
    Such a likable film! I just watched it for the first ime and I would have a hard time saying which is better- this original 1940 version, or the 1998 remake. Jimmy Stewart shows his finest sensitive acting skills here and Margaret Sullavan is both cute and smart. :) Wonderful acting all around, and a clever, engaging story that had me laughing hard at some moments and tearing up at others. Highly recommended!
  • The Shop Around the Corner

    By Paul Britton
    I've come to think that The Shop Around the Corner ranks with The Philadelphia Story, It's A Wonderful Life, and Casablanca as one of the finest films of the forties. It's wittty, romantic, and cleverly plotted, and the minor characters are wonderful. It's also one of James Stewart's finest roles; his is a fully-rounded character, and so is Margaret Sullavan's.
  • so...

    By spaz888
    i have not seen this movie but it was based of the musical my school did last year called She loves Me and the movie you've got mail was bassed of it and ya so i think if i took the time to watch it it would be good