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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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(screen play), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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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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Howl . . . And Farewell ! Their Last Picture . . . And Their Best ! 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

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

During the chase scene, when Wacky roller skates into the elevator, a store directory posted on the wall is backwards, indicating that the shot has been flipped. See more »

Quotes

Wolf J. Flywheel: Hey, what's the difficulty here?
Guiseppi: Look, I no get excited like-a my wife; but, I come in here with twelve-a kids and now there only six. What happened my six kids?
Wolf J. Flywheel: What are their draft numbers?
Guiseppi: Look-a there only six-a kids and I know I gotta twelve-a kids!
Wolf J. Flywheel: Twelve kids, eh? How much you make a week?
Guiseppi: Eh, eh, twenty-five dollars.
Wolf J. Flywheel: You can't afford to have twelve kids!
Guiseppi: No tell me what I can ford! The only thing I know-a is, I gotta twelve-a kids and now there only six!
Wolf J. Flywheel: My good man, statistics prove it...
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Featured in Classic Comedy Teams (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(pub. 1765) (uncredited)
Traditional
Sung in the "Sing While You Sell" number
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the big store
7 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite movie ever.

These are the highlights for me.

From Groucho's singing "Mr. Grover you are just a quack to me" to the end of the "Sing while you sell" reprise. Virginia O'Brien had me laughing on the floor the first time I heard "Rock-a-bye Baby". I just love the way Groucho takes the big production number, a standard vehicle of the time, and makes it signature Groucho. You got to smile.

I think this movie has some of the best Groucho/Margaret Dumont banter.

Harpo's harp solo is miles ahead of any of his others. It's just plain fun,

Although the Tenement Symphony clearly is lacking musically, you have to love the overriding pun. The Tenement Symphony in four flats.


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