Movie Monday- The Shop Around the Corner
Today is the last Christmas Movie Monday for a whole year! This one isn’t particularly a Christmas movie, but has a subtle Christmas theme throughout. It’s a winner for me, because my love, Jimmy Stewart, stars opposite of his real-life crush, Margaret Sullavan. If you’re familiar with You’ve Got Mail, you will find this original version quite charming.
The two characters work at the same shop in Budapest, arguing and making each other’s lives a struggle. When he arranges to meet his “dear friend” at a cafe, James’s character discovers that his coworker is actually his secret pen pal, but all the while he antagonizes her and does not reveal the truth.
Slowly he convinces her that her “dear friend” is a fat, greedy man who steals his romantic lines from classic poetry. It’s a fun story that is both humorous and touching. A great holiday film for those who are tired of Santa themes and Christmas miracles.
The movie was adapted in the 1940s with Van Johnson and Judy Garland in the classic In the Good Old Summertime, and most recently put to film with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in the 1990s movie You’ve Got Mail. In my opinion, this version is the most charming… though that might have more to do with Jimmy’s appearance throughout than quality acting or stellar stage sets. Still, it’s a great family movie that is enjoyable for the holidays, and even any time of year.