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
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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 »
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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