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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

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Tommy Rogers
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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Howl . . . And Farewell ! Their Last Picture . . . And Their Best ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Martin's "Tenement Symphony" was later razzed by Groucho Marx as "the most godawful thing I'd ever heard." See more »

Goofs

When Wolf, Ravelli and Wacky meet Tommy, Wacky has his right arm by his side. In the subsequent shot, when he shakes hands with Tommy, he has his right hand in his pocket. 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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References Strike Up the Band (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

If It's You
(1941)
Music and Lyrics by Ben Oakland, Artie Shaw and Milton Drake
Sung by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Laughter and thrills with the Marx brothers

The Big Store is a Marx brothers movie from 1941.The plot is irrelevant as it is in any other Marx movie.All that makes any difference is how funny these movies are and I can tell you about this one; IT IS.This time the brothers go crazy in a department store.Groucho plays Wolf J. Flywheel, the private eye, Harpo is Wacky, his silent partner and Chico is Ravelli, the bodyguard of the singer Tommy Rogers (Tony Martin).The amazing Margaret Dumont makes her last appearance with the Marx brothers playing Martha Phelps.It was most hilarious in all those movies to watch Groucho court Margaret and at the same time humiliate her the worst way.She didn't seem to mind.The Big Store is an underrated gem that shouldn't be thrown away.There are lots of scenes that raise this movie higher than many modern movies would deserve to be raised.It's incredible to watch the brothers roller skating in the store.There are also some musical numbers in the movie.It's great to watch and listen to Groucho singing "Sing While You Sell".There's the lady (Virginia O'Brien) singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby with a frozen face.I just loved her! Chico and Harpo playing piano together is just hilarious! Harpo playing his beloved harp with the mirror reflections is just magical! I'm just reading Harpo Marx' autobiography "Harpo Speaks!".It's fascinating to read how these brothers grew up in poverty under the wings of Minnie and Frenchie and became the comedy team everybody loves.These brothers worked great as a team.The viewer can sense that.That's probably why we still love them.It's timeless, their humor.You can live the 1940's or whatever decade or millennium, it always works.If somebody woke them up now and they'd be back in the moving pictures, the movie theaters would be packed with people.And the laughter would be heard miles away.


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