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
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Groucho Marx was bitter when he was called for retakes on the "Sing While You Sell" number on a day his son Arthur Marx was playing a tennis match. He was even more upset when he got the lines he was to speak in the retakes and found them "six times as unfunny" as the ones they were replacing. See more »
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 »
From Groucho's singing "Mr. Grover you are just a quack to me" to the end of the "Sing while you sell" reprise. Virginia O'Brien had me laughing on the floor the first time I heard "Rock-a-bye Baby". I just love the way Groucho takes the big production number, a standard vehicle of the time, and makes it signature Groucho. You got to smile.
I think this movie has some of the best Groucho/Margaret Dumont banter.
Harpo's harp solo is miles ahead of any of his others. It's just plain fun,
Although the Tenement Symphony clearly is lacking musically, you have to love the overriding pun. The Tenement Symphony in four flats.
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