Sunday, August 14, 2022

"The Shop Around The Corner"

If you like "You've Got Mail," you should see the original movie it was based on, "The Shop Around The Corner." Made by Ernst Lubitsch in 1940, that film stars James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan (who had just played the Wizard in "The Wizard of Oz").

A decade later (1949) MGM re-made this movie as a musical with Judy Garland ("In The Good Old Summertime"). A decade after that (1963) a new musical adaptation of the story opened on Broadway and was a success. That show was re-staged in 1993 ("She Loves Me") and again won over audiences.

Finally in 1999 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starred in "You've Got Mail," updating it with e-mail instead of letters. As a tribute to its source, Meg Ryan's store in the movie was called The Shop Around The Corner.

I find "The Shop..." to be even better than "You've Got Mail." It's smart, witty and emotional. It's writer/director, Ernst Lubitsch, was one of our greatest film artists and he considered this comedy to be his best work. Go check it out!


  1. How interesting, I never knew that! Must check out that movie! xxx

  2. We had free access to an "oldies" TV channel in the winter, so I PVR'd a kajillion movies. I just watched "Singing in the Rain" - OMG, the dancing, the costumes! I love old movies. I have seen "You've Got Mail" but not the original - thanks for the rec!

    1. Yes, often we make assumptions about old movies and then when we see them we're surprised at how good they are. "Singing.." is fabulous, especially the dancing.