I've been a fan of Jimmy Stewart films most of my life, with favorites including It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take It With You, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Ranking right up there is a lesser-known gem, The Shop Around the Corner, starring Stewart with Margaret Sullavan. When I realized You've Got Mail was a remake of the 1940 film, I knew I'd have to show them together someday.
|Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan|
Both films were based on the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László. Shop Around the Corner is set in Budapest in the years leading up to World War II. Stewart and Sullavan play employees at a gift shop who can barely stand each another, not realizing they're falling in love as anonymous penpals. Close friends in real life, the actors show genuine chemistry together on the screen.
You've Got Mail is a 1998 film directed by Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Hanks plays the manager of a large bookstore chain and Ryan is a small bookstore owner, who is put out of business by the chain store. Their anonymous friendship grows through email, with each not realizing who the other is.
|Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan|