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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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With gorgeous girls! Cute cut-ups! Lovely lasses! (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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20 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag i varuhuset  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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

The bike which Flywheel rides around the store starts out as an ordinary chain-drive bike, then abruptly changes to a strange contraption with the pedal cranks attached directly to the rear axle (which permits the bike to fall apart when Flywheel runs into a pillar, leaving him riding a unicycle). See more »

Quotes

Tommy Rogers: We can have a party, just like they do in Hollywood.
Ravelli: That's-a fine! Let there be wine!
Wolf J. Flywheel: And women!
Ravelli: And song!
Wolf J. Flywheel: And women!
Ravelli: And caviar!
Wolf J. Flywheel: And women!
Ravelli: And more women!
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Connections

Featured in The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993) 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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