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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Cast

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Virginia Grey ...
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Martha Phelps
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Mr. Grover
William Tannen ...
Fred Sutton
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Peggy Arden
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Kitty
Henry Armetta ...
Guiseppi
Anna Demetrio ...
Maria
Paul Stanton ...
George Hastings
Russell Hicks ...
Arthur Hastings
Bradley Page ...
Duke
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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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Song hits galore! 1000 laughs to a customer. Sale on howls! Sensational close-out on roars! Special fun and music bargains. Hurry hurry every laugh must go! No mail or phone orders please! Beauties and cuties! (newspaper ad cut). See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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20 June 1941 (USA)  »

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En dag i varuhuset  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final teaming of The Marx Brothers with Margaret Dumont. See more »

Goofs

When the brothers are barricading themselves in the electrical supply room, as the light bulbs are falling (and sounding like gunshots), the close-up clearly shows a white string pulling the rear of the shelf up and some of the mechanism lever is visibly moving at the top-right of the shelf. See more »

Quotes

Martha Phelps: Tell me, Wolfie dear, will we have a beautiful home?
Wolf J. Flywheel: Of course. You're not planning on moving, are you?
Martha Phelps: No, but, uh, I'm afraid after we're married awhile, a beautiful young girl will come along, and, uh, you'll forget all about me.
Wolf J. Flywheel: Don't be silly. I'll write you twice a week.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Daisy Bell
(1892) (uncredited)
aka "A Bicycle Built for Two"
Music by Harry Dacre
Played when Groucho is riding the bicycle
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Not the best
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By 1941, Groucho didn't want to make any more movies. The Brothers continued to do so just to keep oldest Brother Chico afloat, due to his gambling habits.

Someone commented earlier about Virginia O'Brien, the deadpan singer in the "rockabye" sequence. The deadpan delivery was her "shtick", and predated a similar approach taken by Keely Smith some years later. Legend has it that the first time a spotlight fell on Ms. O'Brien for an on-stage solo, she froze, an delivered her song with a pre-Botox facial paralysis. The audience thought it was part of the act and roared approvingly with laughter. From then on, Ms. O'Brien sang no other way. (She also sings a few bars of the Jerome Kern song, "A Fine Romance" in the semi-bio, "'Til The Clouds Roll By".) The big store is best remembered (and viewed) for the rousing "Sing While You Sell" piece about 38 minutes into the movie.


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