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The Big Store (1941)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  20 June 1941 (USA)
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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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Tommy Rogers
Virginia Grey ...
Margaret Dumont ...
Martha Phelps
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Mr. Grover
William Tannen ...
Fred Sutton
Marion Martin ...
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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Howl . . . And Farewell ! Their Last Picture . . . And Their Best ! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Release Date:

20 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Store  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Phelps is credited in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Piano Mover" in this movie, but the two piano movers in the film were Adrian Morris and Ethan Laidlaw. See more »

Goofs

After he delivers the record to his fan, Tommy sits down to talk with Joan and crosses his hands on his legs. Next shot he is holding a pencil. See more »

Quotes

Wolf J. Flywheel: [In "Sing While You Sell" number] Come on, Wacky: Nagasaki!
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Connections

Featured in The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Mamãe Eu Quero
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Jararaca and Vicente Paiva
Played on piano by Chico Marx, assisted by Harpo Marx
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The Big Store (1941) **
1 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This latter Marx Bros. comedy still contains some vintage moments between Groucho and his longtime foil Margaret Dumont, with good comic dialogue written for Groucho once again. The scene where she visits his office to hire him as a detective, as he and Harpo pull off a ruse by making it appear that Groucho's not a starving nobody but a first-class private eye, is as good as anything I've seen in their other pictures.

Things get bogged down later with musical numbers (I mean, what else is new?), but I was impressed by many of the sets in the grand department store.

Some good, some not-so-good.


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