Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.
I first got a chance to view this movie when it came in a double feature with ‘You’ve Got Mail’. I always wanted to watch this movie, simply because I was already a big fan of its ‘remake’. I can tell you that this movie is pure to its form and heartwarming as well. A 1940’s original romantic comedy starring the lovely Margaret Sullivan and the man himself, James Stewart.
James Stewart plays Alfred Kralik, a salesman for a small company store in Hungary eager to marry the woman he’s been writing to for quite a short time. As the story progresses, a woman soon gets hired as she unintentionally sales one of the items in the store in front of the store manager. Klara (Sullivan), seeking true love, instantly has a distasteful relationship with Alfred and they soon begin to hate each other every day they see each other. Unknowingly, they don’t realize that they are both writing to each other. I really don’t need to get much further as the story plays out for itself. This genuine romantic comedy sparked ideas for many more films to come with it’s original script and superb acting from two greats. You can’t ask for anything more from Stewart and Sullivan.
This film is considered a classic and it rightfully is. Go check out “The Shop Around the Corner”, you won’t be disappointed.