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The Big Store (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 20 June 1941 (USA)
A detective is hired to protect the life of a singer, who has recently inherited a department store, from the store's crooked manager.

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(as Charles Riesner)

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(screen play), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Martha Phelps
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Mr. Grover
William Tannen ...
Fred Sutton
Marion Martin ...
Peggy Arden
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Kitty
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Guiseppi
Anna Demetrio ...
Maria
Paul Stanton ...
George Hastings
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Arthur Hastings
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Storyline

The Phelps Department Store is about to be sold by its new part owner, Tommy Rogers with the permission of Martha Phelps, the dowager co-owner. The current manager doesn't want this as the irregularities in the books will show up. When an attempt is made on Tommy's life, Martha enlists the worst private eye in the world to protect him, Wolf J. Flywheel. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Gorgeous Girls! Uproarious Fun! The Big Musical Show! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag i varuhuset  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Clara Blandick: The woman in the store who wants a record of Tommy, resulting in him recording one for her in person, is Aunt Em from The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene, when Wacky roller skates into the elevator, a store directory posted on the wall is backwards, indicating that the shot has been flipped. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Grover: Why, this place is becoming a madhouse!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Marx Brothers (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Sung in the "Sing While You Sell" number
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Fast-forward when The Marx Brothers are not on the screen
10 September 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Same old note: The Marx Brothers INGENIOUSLY twist any phrase or object into HILARITY.

Unfortunately, this film has a plot.

The usual hilarity when The Marx Brothers are left to their own devices, but too much screen time not dedicated to The Marx Brothers.

NOTE: If you have a heart-beat and love to laugh yourself silly, you MUST see Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, The Coconuts and Monkey Business.


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