Parfumerie (1937) is a Hungarian play written by Miklós László. What many don't know is that it was the inspiration for the well-known movies The Shop Around the Corner (1940), In the Good Old Summertime (1949), and You've Got Mail (1998), and the musical She Loves Me (1963).
To be honest, I have yet to read or see Parfumerie (hint hint theatrical producers), but I have seen all of the movies, and I just saw the recent Broadway production of She Loves Me (which was excellent in case any of you were wondering). That sounds like bragging, which I suppose I am, so let's just sweep that aside.
Anyway, the basic storyline of this sweet comedy takes place in a charming store, and concerns two bickering coworkers who each have a pen pal that neither of them has met, not knowing that they are each others' 'friend.'
The Shop Around the Corner and She Loves Me more closely follow the original play in that both take place in Budapest in the 1930's, however in Shop, instead of the shop being a perfume store like in the play and the musical adaptation, the employees work in a leathergoods store.
In the Good Old Summertime was made as a Judy Garland vehicle, so there is a lot of singing between her and Van Johnson, but the movie's songs were ones that had been written some time before, and not necessarily for the movie. The movie also takes place in turn-of-the-(20th)-century Chicago in a music shop. She Loves Me was written with an original score.
You've Got Mail is definitely the most commercially-known of all the movies and other adaptations. I'm not saying that to indicate that it's not good: it's just more recent, having been updated for the email era, and was a big hit in 1998. Kathleen (Meg Ryan) runs the independent bookstore 'The Shop Around the Corner' (get the homage??), who meets Joe (Tom Hanks) in an online chat room. However, Joe runs the Barnes and Noble-like 'Fox Books,' who eventually put Kathleen out of business. Romance isn't fun without complications, right?
If you haven't seen any or all of the movies, definitely consider having a movie marathon (the original kind of binging before so many good TV shows came out).