The Shop Around the Corner

Synopsis: In Budapest, Hungary, the Matuschek and Company store is owned by Mr. Hugo Matuschek and the bachelor Alfred Kralik is his best and most experienced salesman. When Klara Novak seeks a job position of saleswoman in the store, Matuschek hires her but Kralik and she do not get along. Meanwhile the lonely and dedicated Kralik has an unknown pen pal that he intends to propose very soon; however, he is fired without explanation by Matuschek on the night that he is going to meet his secret love. He goes to the bar where they have scheduled their meeting with his colleague Pirovitch and he surprisingly finds that Klara is his correspondent; however, ashamed After being let go he does not disclose his identity to her. When Matuschek discovers that he had misjudged Kralik and committed a mistake, he hires him again for the position of manager. But Klara is still fascinated with her correspondent and does not pay much attention to Alfred. Alfred works out a plan to reveal himself to Klara's who h
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ernst Lubitsch
Production: MGM
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

- 'Morning, Mr. Pirovitch.

- Good morning.

- Always the first one.

- It's none of your business.

Let me tell you,

it doesn't hurt to be too early.

What for and why? Who sees you? Me.

And who sees me? You.

What does it get us?

Can we give each other a raise? No.

What are you doing with that bicycle?

You can't take it.

Better not let Mr. Matuschek see.

Why don't you tell him?

It's all right with me.

You know where I was last night

while you were home soaking your feet?

Running my legs off for Mrs. Matuschek.

"Pepi, go to the dressmaker."

And when I come back:

"Pepi, will you please pick up a package

at the drugstore?"

- Good morning.

- Good morning, Miss Kaczek.

Good morning.

- How's your boy?

- Much better, thanks.

- We called Dr. Hegedus.

- He's a very expensive doctor.

What can you do?

I thought I'd cut down on my cigars

for a few weeks.

- Good morning.

- Good morning, llona.

- That's a new silver fox! It's stunning!

- Thank you.

- It must have been pretty expensive.

- It was.

I hesitated a long time before I bought it.

I said, "No, I can't afford it."

Still, I couldn't take my eyes off it.

- I said, "No, I have no right to..."

- And then he said, "Go on and take it."

- Trying to be clever.

- Shut up.

Good morning.

Pepi, go to the drugstore

and get me a bicarbonate of soda.

- What's the matter?

- Do you feel well?

It's all right.

- Good morning, good morning.

- Good morning.

- Want to hear a joke?

- No.

What's the matter, folks?

Not awake yet? Look at me.

I bet I haven't slept half as much as you.

Friends, Romans, countrymen,

to tell you the truth...

...I had quite a time last night.

We don't want to hear the poor girl's name.

- Kralik, how was the dinner last night?

- Oh, yes, that's right.

Kralik had dinner with the boss last night.

How was it? Tell us all about it.

- Are you a partner now, Mr. Kralik?

- Don't be funny.

How was it?

It was a very nice evening,

and I enjoyed myself.

- I bet the food was good.

- You can imagine.

Tell me, is it true Mrs. Matuschek

had her face lifted?

How could I know that?

- How old did she look to you last night?

- Well, 40.

She had her face lifted.

I think Mrs. Matuschek

is a very charming woman.

- Who said she isn't?

- Don't try to make something out of it.

I didn't say Mrs. Matuschek

is not charming.

But I said she is. What's wrong with that?

So the food was good?

Seven courses,

not including the hors d'oeuvres.

- Were you sitting next to her?

- I was. What do you think of that?

- I bet you were brilliant.

- No, I kept still and tried to learn.

- Your bicarbonate, Mr. Kralik.

- Thanks, Pepi.

- Bicarbonate?

- I had a little too much goose liver.

What's the matter? Wasn't it any good?

Now, look here, vadas.

Just a minute. Folks, come over.

Did you hear... I want you to hear this.

Did I make any derogatory remark

about the goose liver?

- No, not any!

- Not one word!

I merely said

that I had too much goose liver.

- "A little too much goose liver."

- That's right.

"A little too much goose liver."

Not one word more, and not one less.

- Good morning, Mr. Matuschek.

- Yes, good morning.


- Good morning.

- Good morning, Mr. Matuschek.

Who put this 32.50 suitcase in the window?

I did, Mr. Matuschek.

- I guess it's all right.

- Thank you, Mr. Matuschek.

- Yeah. Pepi.

- Yes, Mr. Matuschek.

Go across the street to the drugstore,

and get me some bicarbonate of soda.

Yes, sir.

Allow me, Mr. Matuschek. May I help?

There we are, Mr. Matuschek.

- Pirovitch. Want to hear something nice?

- Yes. What is it?

A letter from a girl.

"My heart was trembling as I walked

into the post office...

"...and there you were, lying in box 237.

"I took you out of your envelope

and read you...

" you right there...

"...oh, my dear friend."

- What is all this?

- You see, I wanted to buy an encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia? What're you talking about?

You come to a time in your life

when you get tired of going to cafs... halls every night,

and you want to improve yourself.

You want to study something about art...

...literature and history,

how people live in Brazil.

Tell me what has all this to do

with the letter?

You know I can't afford

a new encyclopedia... I was looking through the ads

in the paper...

...and I got on the wrong page,

and I came across this ad, and...

Wait a minute, I have it right here.

Here, read that.

"Modern girl wishes to correspond

on cultural subjects...

"...anonymously with intelligent,

sympathetic, young man.

Dear Friend,

Post Office 15, Box 237."

I know those ads.

The papers are full of them.

- How long has this been going on?

- We've exchanged four letters.

- Four letters?

- And she's no ordinary girl.

Now listen to this:

"Are you tall? Are you short?

"Are your eyes blue? Are they brown?

Don't tell me.

"What does it matter

so long as our minds meet?"

- That's beautiful.

- It is, isn't it?

Now, wait a minute.

"We have enough troubles

in our daily lives.

"There are so many great

and beautiful things...

" discuss in this world of ours...

" would be wasting precious moments...

"...if we told each other the vulgar details...

"...of how we earn our daily bread,

so don't let's do it."

Mr. Kralik.

Yes, Mr. Matuschek.

Yes, Mr. Matuschek.

I can buy two dozen of

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Samson Raphaelson

Samson Raphaelson (1894–1983) was a leading American playwright, screenwriter and fiction writer. While working as an advertising executive in New York, he wrote a short story based on the early life of Al Jolson, called The Day of Atonement, which he then converted into a play, The Jazz Singer. This would become the first talking picture, with Jolson as its star. He then worked as a screenwriter with Ernst Lubitsch on sophisticated comedies like Trouble in Paradise, The Shop Around the Corner, and Heaven Can Wait, and with Alfred Hitchcock on Suspicion. His short stories appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and other leading magazines, and he taught creative writing at the University of Illinois. more…

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