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A man becomes part of a secret society of people who live in a department store and quickly falls in love with their leader's young maid.

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Dorothy Stickney ...
Mrs. Monday
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Margaret Bannerman ...
Store Person
Margaret Barker ...
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Leonard Elliott ...
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Mike Meola ...
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Dorothy Sands ...
Store Person
Margaretta Warwick ...
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A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it's quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea's not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is to frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside. Written by Kathy Li

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The movie was originally supposed to be filmed at Macy's Department Store in New York City. Rehearsals were held there and footage of star Anthony Perkins was shot outside of Macy's on September 25, 1966 (available as an extra on the Entertainment One DVD release), but ultimately permission to film in the store was denied. Production then moved to the (now defunct) Stern Brothers department store in Manhattan. See more »

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The dialogue suggests that the film is set in 1940, when the short story upon which the movie is based was written. However, portions were filmed in a real store during off-hours, so there are countless things from the '60s featured throughout, including vehicles, clothing, hi-fi record players and other electronics, and the prominently featured book "Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum," which was first published in 1965. See more »

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Charles Snell: What goes on here?
Roscoe Potts: Life, my boy. And death, of course. You can't have one without the other.
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Referenced in The Nutcracker (2008) See more »

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If You Can Find Me I'm Here
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Anthony Perkins
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Worth a Trip to NYC
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first heard of this movie in a Steven Sodheim song book that I have which one of the songs was in, an amazing song called "Take Me To the World". I got a vague idea of the plot by listening to the songs and from what I could piece together from the internet and also the very helpful posting on IMDb (thank you whoever wrote that). Anyway it inspired me enough to go and see the film at the Museum of TV and Radio in NYC, an I have to say that it was worth it. While the casting creeped me out a little bit (a combo of leads from the Sound of Music and Psyco falling in love-- a little weird). The acting was good enough to make me forget about that and exceptionally well done for a made-for-TV musical from the 50s. While the quality was crappy even at the museum, I would love to get my hands on any copy of this as well and the plot (even though slightly creepy) and music are something that should be honored and possibly even remade. This was definitely worth the trip to NYC for me and I live in Seattle!!!


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