Staff Pick: The Shop Around the Corner at Gateway Film Center

From the December 15, 2011 edition

This 1940 film will likely be new to your holiday movie repertoire, but the plot will sound familiar.

Boy and girl fall in love as they anonymously swap lovely written letters. Unbeknownst to them, these pen pals interact on a daily basis — typically with searing disdain for the other.

That general storyline was used decades later in “You’ve Got Mail” (Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, suspense a la AOL dial up).

In “The Shop Around the Corner,” snail mail is the seduction method of choice. It’s cute. It’s sweet. It’s free. Bring a suggested toy donation to benefit the Open Shelter and come see why Slate magazine once called this film the forgotten Jimmy Stewart Christmas classic.