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The Big Store (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 20 June 1941 (USA)
A detective is hired to protect the life of a singer, who has recently inherited a department store, from the store's crooked manager.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wolf J. Flywheel
... Ravelli
... Wacky
... Tommy Rogers
... Joan Sutton
... Martha Phelps
... Mr. Grover
... Fred Sutton
... Peggy Arden
... Kitty
... Guiseppi
... Maria
... George Hastings
... Arthur Hastings
... Duke
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Musical

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20 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bargain Basement  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Martin's "Tenement Symphony" was later razzed by Groucho Marx as "the most godawful thing I'd ever heard." See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene, when Wacky roller skates into the elevator, a store directory posted on the wall is backwards, indicating that the shot has been flipped. See more »

Quotes

Wolf J. Flywheel: [referring to an evening gown] This is a bright red dress, but Technicolor is sooo expensive.
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Connections

Featured in Des nouvelles de la planète Mars (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell
(1892) (uncredited)
aka "A Bicycle Built for Two"
Music by Harry Dacre
Played when Groucho is riding the bicycle
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Laughter and thrills with the Marx brothers
21 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Big Store is a Marx brothers movie from 1941.The plot is irrelevant as it is in any other Marx movie.All that makes any difference is how funny these movies are and I can tell you about this one; IT IS.This time the brothers go crazy in a department store.Groucho plays Wolf J. Flywheel, the private eye, Harpo is Wacky, his silent partner and Chico is Ravelli, the bodyguard of the singer Tommy Rogers (Tony Martin).The amazing Margaret Dumont makes her last appearance with the Marx brothers playing Martha Phelps.It was most hilarious in all those movies to watch Groucho court Margaret and at the same time humiliate her the worst way.She didn't seem to mind.The Big Store is an underrated gem that shouldn't be thrown away.There are lots of scenes that raise this movie higher than many modern movies would deserve to be raised.It's incredible to watch the brothers roller skating in the store.There are also some musical numbers in the movie.It's great to watch and listen to Groucho singing "Sing While You Sell".There's the lady (Virginia O'Brien) singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby with a frozen face.I just loved her! Chico and Harpo playing piano together is just hilarious! Harpo playing his beloved harp with the mirror reflections is just magical! I'm just reading Harpo Marx' autobiography "Harpo Speaks!".It's fascinating to read how these brothers grew up in poverty under the wings of Minnie and Frenchie and became the comedy team everybody loves.These brothers worked great as a team.The viewer can sense that.That's probably why we still love them.It's timeless, their humor.You can live the 1940's or whatever decade or millennium, it always works.If somebody woke them up now and they'd be back in the moving pictures, the movie theaters would be packed with people.And the laughter would be heard miles away.


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