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The Big Store (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 20 June 1941 (USA)
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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(as Charles Riesner)

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Cast

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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
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Guiseppi
Anna Demetrio ...
Maria
Paul Stanton ...
George Hastings
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Arthur Hastings
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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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With gorgeous girls! Cute cut-ups! Lovely lasses! (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 Marx Brothers announced that this would be their last film, but they actually went on to make two more. 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

Mr. Grover: If Ms. Phelps were not my fiancée, I would turn in my resignation and walk out of this store for good!
Martha Phelps: Oh no, no...
Wolf J. Flywheel: Fiancée?
Martha Phelps: Yes.
Wolf J. Flywheel: You mean a woman of your culture and money and beauty and money and wealth and money would, would marry that imposter?
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Marx Brothers (1962) 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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