‘Shop Around the Corner’ TCM tonight; ‘She Loves Me’ streaming BroadwayHD

Just hang in here with me for a moment …

First there was the 1937 Hungarian play ‘Parfumerie’ by Miklós László.

It served as the basis for the screenplay for the 1940 American film “The Shop Around the Corner” starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan about two employees at a gift shop who can’t stand each other. Meanwhile, as each other’s anonymous pen pal, they are falling in love.

 

The next step, of course, was to turn the stage play into the 1949 Hollywood film musical “In the Good Old Summertime,” starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson.

Which brings us to the 1963 Broadway musical “She Loves Me,” also inspired by the play and the film that recently was revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company at Broadway’s Studio 54  featuring the way-too-talented trio of Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel and Jane Krakowski. It earned eight 2016 Tony Award nominations and was broadcast Dec. 1 try Fathom Events to theaters around the country for one-night only.

 

If you haven’t seen any of the above — and this all sounds very familiar — it’s because you’ve seen the 1998 film “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, two people who dislike each other but are falling in love via a relatively new way to communicate — email correspondence.

 

As an homage to earlier incarnations, that film includes lines similar to the 1940 film, especially during the first date, are used; screen credit is given to Miklós László for “Parfumerie,” and Ryan’s bookstore is called “The Shop Around The Corner.”

 

 If you’re still with me, tonight at 8 you can watch the 1940 film on TCM. It is ranked 28th on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Passions, and is listed in Times All-Time 100 Movies. In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

If you missed the fantastic Broadway revival and Fathom’s screening of “She Loves Me” — set in 1934 Budapest with music by Jerry Bock, book by Joe Masteroff and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick — you can stream it via BroadwayHD. If we theater lovers are really lucky, maybe Fathom Events will favor us with an encore broadcast.

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