The Phelps Department Store is about to be sold by its new part owner, Tommy Rogers with the permission of Martha Phelps, the dowager co-owner. The current manager doesn't want this as the irregularities in the books will show up. When an attempt is made on Tommy's life, Martha enlists the worst private eye in the world to protect him, Wolf J. Flywheel.Written by
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Although William Tannen is credited as "Fred Sutton" in the movie's credits, he is called "Chris" by others in the movie. See more »
In Mr. Grover's office, Mr. Grover closes the account book and keeps his
hands on the sides of the book, but in the next shot he has his hands crossed on the book. See more »
Tell me, Wolfie dear, will we have a beautiful home?
Wolf J. Flywheel:
Of course. You're not planning on moving, are you?
No, but, uh, I'm afraid after we're married awhile, a beautiful young girl will come along, and, uh, you'll forget all about me.
Wolf J. Flywheel:
Don't be silly. I'll write you twice a week.
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Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Sung in the "Sing While You Sell" number See more »
The Big Store (1941) **
This latter Marx Bros. comedy still contains some vintage moments between Groucho and his longtime foil Margaret Dumont, with good comic dialogue written for Groucho once again. The scene where she visits his office to hire him as a detective, as he and Harpo pull off a ruse by making it appear that Groucho's not a starving nobody but a first-class private eye, is as good as anything I've seen in their other pictures.
Things get bogged down later with musical numbers (I mean, what else is new?), but I was impressed by many of the sets in the grand department store.
Some good, some not-so-good.
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