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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Virginia Grey ...
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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
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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Gorgeous Girls! Uproarious Fun! The Big Musical Show! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Passed | 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)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film (unbilled, as store clerk) of Enid Bennett. See more »

Goofs

When Wacky is propelled up through the open elevator roof door, the wires pulling him and the outline of his back harness are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[Wolf is about to propose to Martha]
Wolf J. Flywheel: Martha, dear, there are many bonds that will hold us together through eternity.
Martha Phelps: Really, Wolf? What are they?
Wolf J. Flywheel: Your government bonds, your savings bonds, your liberty bonds.
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Connections

Featured in The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993) 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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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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