The Big Store
1941 Marx Brothers film by Charles Reisner / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Big Store is a 1941 American comedy film starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx and Chico Marx) that takes place in a large department store. Groucho appears as private detective Wolf J. Flywheel (a character name originating from the Marx-Perrin radio show Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel in the early 1930s).
|The Big Store|
|Directed by||Charles Reisner|
|Written by||Nat Perrin (story)|
|Produced by||Louis K. Sidney|
|Cinematography||Charles Lawton Jr.|
|Edited by||Conrad A. Nervig|
|Music by||Hal Borne|
Georgie Stoll (musical direction)
Earl Brent (adaptation)
Arthur Appell (dance direction)
The Big Store was the last of the five films that the Marx Bros. made under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The Marxes had decided to retire as a team and The Big Store was advertised as their farewell film. However, they would return to the screen in A Night in Casablanca (1946) and Love Happy (1949).
The film also features singer Tony Martin and Virginia Grey as the love interests and longtime Marx Brothers foil Margaret Dumont in her seventh and final film with the Marxes. The villain is portrayed by Douglass Dumbrille, who had played a similar role in A Day at the Races (1937).