Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, The Shop Around The Corner is a classic romantic comedy set in the Matuschek and Company store in Budapest. It stars James Stewart as salesman Alfred Kralik, and Margaret Sullavan as shopgirl Klara Novak. The two employees despise each other, without realising that they are one another’s anonymous pen pal, and have fallen in love by mail.
It’s that time of year! Here are a few of my favourite Christmas movies from early Hollywood.
Directed by Lowell Sherman, She Done Him Wrong stars Mae West in her most iconic role as Lady Lou, an indomitable and seductive burlesque singer, and an early career Cary Grant as Captain Cummings, the local temperance league leader. It follows Lou as she contends with several troublesome past suitors, including a jealous and obsessive escaped convict (played by Owen Moore).
Directed by Sam Taylor and starring Beatrice Lillie as Violet and Jack Pickford as Jimmy Marsh. Exit Smiling is a silent comedy set amongst a theatre troupe as they traverse the country by train, performing their popular melodrama ‘Flaming Women’.