A lot of the trends from the 30's carry over to the 40's rom-com. This film really inspired a lot of later rom-coms including two remakes! (See In the Good Old Summertime and You've Got Mail) Much like It Happened One Night. The Shop Around the Corner starts with two characters who immediately take a strong disliking to one another which prevents them from seeing the mutual attraction that lies underneath. Also similar to It Happened One Night and other films of these two decades, it's all about the dialogue. Their fights are fast, snappy and piercing. Meg Ryan does her best to duplicate it in the remake, but the venom in Margaret Sullivan's words sting far worse. And if I'm comparing the remake I must also say the original's ending is far superior and much more believable (no pouty Meg Ryan stamping her foot in unbelief...) Plus I must mention that Jimmy Stewart in his prime makes a really nice leading man.
That's all! I know I just grazed the surface really. I honestly could have done a blog post on any one of these decades individually and had so much more to say. So readers what ones did I miss? Or...what are either your favorites decade by decade, or the film that you best feel represents each decade? Tell me in the comments below!!