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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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Cast

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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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Comedy | Musical

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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

Clara Blandick: The woman in the store who wants a record of Tommy, resulting in him recording one for her in person, is Aunt Em from The Wizard of Oz (1939). 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

[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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Featured in Des nouvelles de la planète Mars (2016) 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 (1941) **
1 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This latter Marx Bros. comedy still contains some vintage moments between Groucho and his longtime foil Margaret Dumont, with good comic dialogue written for Groucho once again. The scene where she visits his office to hire him as a detective, as he and Harpo pull off a ruse by making it appear that Groucho's not a starving nobody but a first-class private eye, is as good as anything I've seen in their other pictures.

Things get bogged down later with musical numbers (I mean, what else is new?), but I was impressed by many of the sets in the grand department store.

Some good, some not-so-good.


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