Day 10 – A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Female)
Margaret Sullavan isn’t one of the super famous actresses from the ‘30s but she’s in four of my favorite films of the era. The Shop Around the Corner (later remade as You’ve Got Mail) is the only of these four not directed by Frank Borzage but since I probably shouldn’t pick his films for everything on this list I decided to go for this Ernst Lubitsch romance. The chemistry between Sullavan and Jimmy Stewart is the real draw of this film. Sullavan has a quality about her that is both ethereal and grounded. She seems like an angel and a flawed human being at the same time. See also: Three Comrades and Little Man, What Now?
- Borzage’s The Mortal Storm came out in the same year as The Shop Around the Corner. It also stars Sullavan and Stewart and Frank Morgan (AKA The Wizard of Oz). It’s a much heavier movie than this one because of the whole Nazi thing. It is quite awesome.
- Also, The Shop Around the Corner is a way better Christmas movie than It’s a Wonderful Life (which is very good).
- This scene shows the greatness of Margaret Sullavan quite well: