The Big Store

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The Big Store is a 1941 American comedy film starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo and Chico) 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).

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The Big Store
Theatrical poster for The Big Store (1941)
Directed byCharles Reisner
Written byNat Perrin (story)
Sid Kuller
Hal Fimberg
Ray Golden
Produced byLouis K. Sidney
StarringGroucho Marx
Chico Marx
Harpo Marx
Tony Martin
Virginia Grey
Margaret Dumont
Douglass Dumbrille
CinematographyCharles Lawton Jr.
Edited byConrad A. Nervig
Music byHal Borne
Georgie Stoll (musical direction)
Earl Brent (adaptation)
Arthur Appell (dance direction)
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 20, 1941 (1941-06-20)
Running time
83 min.
CountryUnited States

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).

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