Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.
The original source material for this plot, the 1937 play "Illatszertár" (in English, titled "Parfumerie") by the Hungarian writer Miklós László, has been adapted into numerous other movies and plays. The first film adaptation was The Shop Around the Corner (1940) starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. The first musical adaptation was In the Good Old Summertime (1949), which starred Judy Garland and Van Johnson. In 1963, a second musical adaptation, "She Loves Me," premiered on Broadway; its first production, which starred Daniel Massey as Georg Nowack and Barbara Cook, was a critical success but a box-office disappointment. A 1993 Broadway revival (starring Boyd Gaines and Judy Kuhn) met the same fate, as did a third Broadway mounting in 2016 (with Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, and Jane Krakowski). While MGM planned a film version of "She Loves Me" designed to reunite Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke following Mary Poppins (1964), it was ultimately scrapped. A third film version of the story came about in You've Got Mail (1998), which updated the plot to embrace the techno age and starred Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
Pirovitch: picks on me, too. The other day he called me an idiot. What could I do? I said, "Yes, Mr. Matuschek. I'm an idiot." I'm no fool!
When Klara hurries out of the back room with her hat and coat she rushes past the rest of the employees as they enter the room in a group. Flora is the second-to-last person in the line and she is clearly inside the room before Klara runs past. In the next cut showing Klara hurrying through the store, Flora is the last person in line and is still in the doorway.
Opening Card: This is the story of Matuschek and Company - of Mr. Matuschek and the people who work for him. It is just around the corner from Andrassy Street - on Balta Strreet, in Budapest, Hungary.
Has been broadcast in a colorized version.