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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The Marx Brothers announced that this would be their last of five films made under contract with MGM, but they actually went on to make two more - A Night in Casablanca (1946) and Love Happy (1949), both from United Artists. Groucho would later say these last two films were made because Chico needed the money. See more »
When the clerk (Enid Bennett) calls to check on fabric, she is standing about a foot away from the counter. When the camera angle changes, her arm is resting on the counter. See more »
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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