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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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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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20 June 1941 (USA)  »

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The Bargain Basement  »

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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 to feature Chico Marx and Harpo Marx performing a piano duet. See more »

Goofs

When Ravelli takes a photo of Flywheel and Joan in the darkened room, Joan and Flywheel are standing along looking toward the camera. When the developed picture is shown, Joan is being grabbed by Grover and turned away from the camera. 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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Connections

References The Cohens and Kellys (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Luigi Denza
Played when the Italian family looks at beds
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Not the best
13 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

By 1941, Groucho didn't want to make any more movies. The Brothers continued to do so just to keep oldest Brother Chico afloat, due to his gambling habits.

Someone commented earlier about Virginia O'Brien, the deadpan singer in the "rockabye" sequence. The deadpan delivery was her "shtick", and predated a similar approach taken by Keely Smith some years later. Legend has it that the first time a spotlight fell on Ms. O'Brien for an on-stage solo, she froze, an delivered her song with a pre-Botox facial paralysis. The audience thought it was part of the act and roared approvingly with laughter. From then on, Ms. O'Brien sang no other way. (She also sings a few bars of the Jerome Kern song, "A Fine Romance" in the semi-bio, "'Til The Clouds Roll By".) The big store is best remembered (and viewed) for the rousing "Sing While You Sell" piece about 38 minutes into the movie.


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