Good day everyone. I have a special announcement that I hope reaches you in time. Thursday, April 25th (tomorrow, as I type!), TCM is running the 1940 romantic comedy classic The Shop Around the Corner. Hard as it is to believe, we've never even seen it (though for some reason we did go to see its contemporary remake You've Got Mail in 1998.) We've also seen the musicalization In the Good Old Summertime (1949) with Judy Garland and Van Johnson.
The story concerns two coworkers who are antagonistic with one another on the job, but who don't realize that they are simultaneously corresponding through pen pal letters and slowly falling in love! Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart portray the complicated couple.
Why does this airing have any special meaning or notoriety for me or my readers? After all, TCM plays classic films, including this one, all day-every day. It's because this airing is being introduced by one of our very own! Frequent Poseidon's Underworld commenter Gingerguy was selected as a winner in the TCM Fan 25 contest and was flown to Atlanta to film his very own introduction to this cherished film.
So I do hope you will tune in or record this program in support of his thrilling accomplishment! I will come back to do a brief recap sometime next week. Thanks!
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