James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan trim the tree in Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around The Corner.
Two workmates who can barely stand one another, they have yet to realize that they have fallen in love with each other as anonymous pen pals. A luminous comedy, with all concerned in terrific form – especially Frank Morgan as Mr. Matuschek, the shop owner and Felix Bressart his perennially early assistant and father of a huge family- it’s the standard by which all romantic comedies* should be judged and a perfect Christmas movie.
*see You’ve Got Mail – putative remake and abject failure. Or actually don’t see it….