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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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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
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Francois, the Driver
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Traffic Cop (as Richard Wessel)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

¿Quién controla la tienda?  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Norman Phiffier's previous jobs include that of caddy, TV repairman, and Paramount Theater usher. Jerry Lewis played a caddy in The Caddy (1953) and a TV repairman in both Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958) and It's Only Money (1962). He also made a number of movies for Paramount, including Who's Minding the Store? (1963) 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

[Trying to slip a small, open-toe shoe onto a large foot, Norman searches for a leading toe]
Norman Phiffier: If I could just grab one of these, maybe the others'll follow.
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Referenced in Seven Up! (1964) See more »

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The Typewriter
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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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