Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in boot camp. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than the cop... See full summary »
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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Tony Martin's "Tenement Symphony" was later razzed by Groucho Marx as "the most godawful thing I'd ever heard." See more »
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 »
[to Flywheel lying on a bed]
Can you tell me the price of this bed?
Wolf J. Flywheel:
Why that's preposterous! I can get the same bed anywhere in town for $25.
Wolf J. Flywheel:
Yes, but not with me in it!
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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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