It should. The delightful 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner was remade into the musical In the Good Old Summertime and then into the 1990s hit, You’ve Got Mail.
The original stars Jimmy Stewart as Alfred Kralik and Margaret Sullavan as Klara Novak, two feuding clerks in a Hungarian leather goods shop. Early in the film we “meet” Mr. Kralik’s pen friend when he reads her letter to another clerk:
“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, read you right there.” Somehow that line sounds naughtier when I write it…
But the zingers they hurl in person are far different than the warm, insightful letters they exchange.
MIss Novak: “I wouldn’t care to scratch your surface, Mr. Kralik. I know exactly what I’d find…instead of intellect, a cigarette lighter that doesn’t work.”
Mr. Kralik: “That’s a very interesting mixture of poetry and meanness.”
I could say they don’t make them like this anymore, but they do, three times and counting. Still, the first version of this boy-meets/hasn’t-met-girl story is well worth watching, a charmer from the period sets to the fine supporting cast. And as poignant post office scenes go, none can beat Margaret Sullavan searching an empty box 237 with her gloved hand before peering wistfully inside.
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