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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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Cast

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

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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

This is the only The Marx Brothers film where Harpo Marx plays the harp twice. See more »

Goofs

When Flywheel is getting down into the car, we can see him standing up to get down, in the next shot he is sitting and is standing again to get down. See more »

Quotes

Martha Phelps: Tell me, what would you want to handle this case for me?
Wolf J. Flywheel: Twenty thousand dollars.
Martha Phelps: Don't you think that's too much?
Wolf J. Flywheel: Of course it is, only a cheap chisler would ask that much.
Martha Phelps: I was prepared to pay five hundred dollars.
Wolf J. Flywheel: Hardly enough. Eh, I'm prepared to take it. Shall we bind the deal with a kiss? Or, five dollars in cash? You lose either way.
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Soundtracks

Tenement Symphony
(1941)
Music by Hal Borne
Lyrics by Sid Kuller and Ray Golden
Sung by Tony Martin (uncredited) and St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers (uncredited),
with Chico Marx (uncredited) and Harpo Marx (uncredited)
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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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