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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.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles Riesner)

Writers:

Sid Kuller (screen play), Hal Fimberg (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Groucho Marx ... Wolf J. Flywheel
Chico Marx ... Ravelli
Harpo Marx ... Wacky
Tony Martin ... Tommy Rogers
Virginia Grey ... Joan Sutton
Margaret Dumont ... Martha Phelps
Douglass Dumbrille ... Mr. Grover
William Tannen ... Fred Sutton
Marion Martin ... Peggy Arden
Virginia O'Brien ... Kitty
Henry Armetta ... Guiseppi
Anna Demetrio ... Maria
Paul Stanton ... George Hastings
Russell Hicks ... Arthur Hastings
Bradley Page ... 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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The big new musical comedy! (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bargain Basement See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At 31 minutes, one of the models (during Groucho's fashion show number) is wearing the same red dress that Joan Crawford wore four years earlier in The Bride Wore Red (1937). See more »

Goofs

At Flywheel's detective agency, a wall calendar can be seen displaying a large "8". In subsequent shots the calendar reads "11". See more »

Quotes

Ravelli: Hey, I better not leave you. From now on, you and me is gonna be insufferable.
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Connections

Remake of The Longest Night (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

If It's You
(1941)
Music and Lyrics by Ben Oakland, Artie Shaw and Milton Drake
Sung by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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The Big Store (1941) **
1 August 2004 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

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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