1940, TSPDT Rank #196
That legendary, tantalizing, elusive "Lubitsch touch" is definitely on display here. The Shop Around the Corner is not necessarily a perfect film, as the ending is at once both satisfying plot-wise, but disappointingly sloppy and rushed. But all of the actors are great, there's light comedy, fantastic dialogue, wonderful characters, and a steadily building, slow-burning romance that Lubitsch waves around teasingly in front of your face. It's hard to say how this film works so well, but it's supremely compelling and enjoyable, an all-around great film, and highly recommended.