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Department Store (1935)

The heir to a London department store must learn the business, but he must start off by working his way through the various menial jobs incognito first. However, a crooked manager has ... See full summary »


Leslie S. Hiscott


H.F. Maltby (story), E. Vivian Edmonds (story) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Jack Melford Jack Melford ... Bob Burge Goodman
Sebastian Shaw ... John Goodman Johnson
Garry Marsh ... Timothy Bradbury
Patric Curwen Patric Curwen ... James Goodman
Henry Hallatt Henry Hallatt ... Buxton
Albert Clarke Albert Clarke ... Snagg
Hal Walters Hal Walters ... Sam
Eve Gray Eve Gray ... Dolly Flint
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Jane Grey


The heir to a London department store must learn the business, but he must start off by working his way through the various menial jobs incognito first. However, a crooked manager has arranged, for a cracksman, just out of gaol, to join the staff. Each is mistaken for the other. Written by WesternOne

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Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

7 October 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bargain Basement See more »

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Production Co:

Real Art Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits list Julius Hagen presents An All Star Cast in DEPARTMENT STORE. See more »

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Short and sweet
26 January 2014 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

A better class quota quickie – this was another Real Art production from Julius Hagen at Twickenham, cheaply made of course but entertaining notwithstanding. The censors certificate at the start states the title is Department Stores so maybe it was a large operation, and the credits hail An All Star Cast - although there are many British minor film stalwarts in here it's rather a hopeful credit. But as the lead man Sebastian Shaw later went on to appear in Return Of The Jedi maybe the farce stayed with him!

As separate favours two people start on the same day at a dysfunctional department store: one the well-bred heir to the store the other a light-fingered crook. Garry Marsh plays the thieving tripe-talking manager who gets the two the wrong way round thereby greasing up to the crook and giving the owners' son a hard time. The film concerns the farcical comedy of errors with many deceptions and a robbery. The moral to me is that as the baddies couldn't recognise obvious good breeding from one of their own low kind they deserved all their luck – Class should tell after all, shouldn't it? From my experience all the Little Hitler's I've ever known always knew who to toady to and who to spurn from blind instinct. There's time for a sprinkling of romance, even smart-ass cynicism and it's fascinating to watch pan out, and well worth the 67 minute running time of a regrettably grotty print.

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