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January 12, 1940
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A very sweet movie, and actually pretty funny.
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Jimmy Stewart is wonderful as always in this one.
Jimmy looks like Ross from Friends in this poster.
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I can’t stand films from the 40’s. The contrived, sped-up dialogue, the campy jokes, the plot tropes you can see from a mile away. They’ve never struck me as amusing or clever, and I’ve found myself “watching” the highly rated classics as background noise while doing something else that was more productive and enjoyable, mostly out of OCD-fueled duty. The Shop Around the Corner is such a delightful film. Some characters evolve with the ebb and flow of the story; others are constants who create the tent poles for it. The dialogue’s legitimately clever without being overblown like so many Bogart and Hayworth films. As the story unravels, you can see how You’ve Got Mail attempted to modernize the plot, but it’s less endearing, even with 50-something years of material to call upon. Looks like I’ll need to be a little less prejudiced about this era of film. And I may need to start a Lubitsch watchlist.