Who's Minding the Store? (1963)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Francesca Bellini ...
Shirley Lott
Peggy Mondo ...
Lady wrestler
Emily Rothgraber
Mr. Orlandos
Isobel Elsom ...
Hazel, a Dowager
Mrs. Glucksman
Fritz Feld ...
Irving Cahastrophe, the Gourmet Manager
Milton Frome ...
Francois, the Driver
Mary Treen ...
Dick Wessel ...
Traffic Cop (as Richard Wessel)


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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Look who's minding the store!




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Release Date:

14 December 1963 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

¿Quién controla la tienda?  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When a large shelf of supposedly full shoe boxes crashes through a store window, it empties its contents onto the street below. But as they hit the pavement, it's obvious that most of the boxes are actually empty. See more »


Mr. Quimby: And you, too, will do good work, but first you must get the FEEL of this great store.
Norman Phiffier: Oh, I'll have no trouble with that. I have very sensitive fingertips.
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Yes, it's Jerry Lewis, but it's truly funny
11 May 2005 | by (Pasadena CA) – See all my reviews

When I turned 16 or so and began to develop a mature sense of aesthetics, the films of Jerry Lewis became anathema to me. Suddenly I couldn't stand him, and that culturally elitist attitude has persisted to the present day. Yet when asked which of the films I've ever seen are the funniest, I have to mention this one. I don't remember much about it -- I saw it in a drive-in on a misty night in 1963 when I was 12 -- but I still recall the scene in the appliance department of the store, with the vacuum cleaner sucking up everything in sight. I don't think I have laughed that hard since -- it's amazing I survived to see the age of 13!

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