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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

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Martha Phelps
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Mr. Grover
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Fred Sutton
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Peggy Arden
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Kitty
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Guiseppi
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Maria
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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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag i varuhuset  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although William Tannen is credited as "Fred Sutton" in the movie's credits, he is called "Chris" by others in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ravelli: 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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Connections

Referenced in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) 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
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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