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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Song hits galore! 1000 laughs to a customer. Sale on howls! Sensational close-out on roars! Special fun and music bargains. Hurry hurry every laugh must go! No mail or phone orders please! Beauties and cuties! (newspaper ad cut). See more »
Although William Tannen is credited as "Fred Sutton" in the movie's credits, he is called "Chris" by others in the movie. See more »
When the clerk (Enid Bennett) calls to check on fabric, she is standing about a foot away from the counter. When the camera angle changes, her arm is resting on the counter. See more »
Hey, Wacky, I gotta good idea. Why don't-a you and me go play for the party? Eh, look how your dressed? You look-a terrible. It's-a whole bunch-a high class-a people there and you are dressed like a scared scarecrow. Well, it's-a too too bad. They wouldn't let you in dressed that way. Goodbye, Wacky.
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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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