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Who's Minding the Store? (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 December 1963 (Japan)
Norman Phiffier works as a store clerk in a large department store. Clumsy and inept, he can't do anything right. Boy are they in trouble!

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Cast

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Francesca Bellini ...
Shirley Lott
Peggy Mondo ...
Lady wrestler
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Emily Rothgraber
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Mr. Orlandos
Isobel Elsom ...
Hazel, a Dowager
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Mrs. Glucksman
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Irving Cahastrophe, the Gourmet Manager
Milton Frome ...
Francois, the Driver
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Traffic Cop (as Richard Wessel)
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Barbara is a very rich girl who falls in love with Norman Phiffier, a poor young man. She doesn't tell him who she really is and prepares to marry him. But, Mrs. Tuttle (Barbara's mother) doesn't want her daughter to mary such a poor man. So, she hires Norman at one of her big stores, and gives him the most difficult and disgusting works. She hopes that seeing Norman humiliated, Barbara will finally leave him. But things don't work exactly this way... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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14 December 1963 (Japan)  »

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¿Quién controla la tienda?  »

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Trivia

One way or another, Norman Phiffier's last name gets mispronounced seven times in the film. See more »

Goofs

freeze frame when Norman Phiffier (Jerry Lewis) punctures the vacuum balloon and you will see the following : a blank white frame, , a frame of a Coleman camping supplies setting on a table with what could be flames across the top, three frames of clouds of dust, an upside down production still showing Jerry Lewis standing on the ladder left hand resting on his side and his right hand holding the knife resting on the top of the ladder beneath the vacuum balloon before it was punctured looking off camera, a solid black frame and a frame of Barbara Tuttle and her dad standing behind the shelves of dishes. See more »

Quotes

[at the golf practice machine]
Norman Phiffier: Here's your driver, Mr. President.
Mr. John P. Tuttle: Thank you, Jackie.
Norman Phiffier: You... oh, that was good.
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A Great Film
12 May 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is one of the funniest films in the career of Jerry Lewis. This film can pretty much be seen as a series of vignettes as Norman bounces around from department to department as he tries to earn enough money to marry the woman he loves. Also, the rest of the cast give solid performances especially John McGiver, Ray Walston and Agnes Moorehead. Walston is great as the weasel of a store manager who does everything he can to break Norman. McGiver is outstanding as Mr. Tuttle who in the process of the film turns from a milquetoast to a tiger as he finally stands up to his wife, Phoebe. However, Agnes Moorehead is perfect as Phoebe Tuttle and she pretty much plays a mortal version of Endorra, the character she would play less than a year later on "Bewitched".

However, the one negative criticism of the film that I have is the fact that like what a couple of other commentators said was the fact that this film is pretty much takes great joy in bashing women. Other than that this is a great film.


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