For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
4.1
1,444 Ratings

The Shop Around the Corner

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
United States, 1940
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they’re falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
The Shop Around the Corner Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
As the department store clerks and pen pals who spar so fiercely It Can Only Be Love, Stewart and Sullivan enact a classic screwball pairing, but it’s all part of a gentle, utopian vision of the workplace as a haven from troubles and source of true companionship.
December 24, 2014
Read full article
Of the many romantic comedy stories that depend on withholding crucial information from its characters until the best and latest possible moments, The Shop Around the Corner lowers the boom fairly early on, rendering the second half virtually weightless. The big double-crisis is averted, and what remains of the script is a series of payoffs, each less spectacular than the one before, like a sequence of bittersweet last looks before locking up a store for a long holiday weekend.
December 22, 2014
Read full article
If there’s a richer film out there about the invisible fault lines of the working world, the subtle and precarious gradations of class and position, the shape of solidarity, and the perpetually disarming, cussed strangeness of human relationships, I’ve never seen it. (In fact, I would be frightened if such a film existed.)
May 23, 2014
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films