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February 20, 2016
When this relatively minor Marx Brothers' film sticks to comedy or music simply from Chico and Harpo, it can't step wrong, but unfortunately is cluttered with junk it doesn't otherwise need. Still, it has some of their most hilarious slapstick scenes.
February 20, 2016
When this relatively minor Marx Brothers' film sticks to comedy or music simply from Chico and Harpo, it can't step wrong, but unfortunately is cluttered with junk it doesn't otherwise need. Still, it has some of their most hilarious slapstick scenes.
½ October 2, 2015
Some funny moments here in this Marx Brothers comedy. Standout scenes are in Groucho's 'office', and the concealed beds in the store.
August 14, 2015
While it's not devoid of good jokes, The Big Store shows why people were leaving the Marx Bros. and watching Abbott & Costello instead around this time.
½ May 4, 2015
Bestemt ikke Marx Brothers' bedste film.
½ April 23, 2015
The Marx Brothers' final film for MGM features a wacky chase-on-roller skates finale, but not much else; Groucho and Virginia O'Brien sing "Sing While You Sell," and Tony Martin sings the atrocious "Tenement Symphony."
November 19, 2014
So-so gags. A welcome distraction are Harpo's musical interludes, two of which also feature Chico. A weaker performance by Groucho can be partly blamed on his lines.
½ October 11, 2014
It was fun, yet a bit like dead horse. The gags were predictable and got old quick. Good piano duet from harps and Chico though.
½ March 24, 2014
"The Big Store" was initially planned as the last Marx Brothers film, and if it had been it would have been a fine exit for the group. It isn't as frantic ad their bedt early film...but it is more like "A Day at the Races"...funny but with more plot. There are some good bits here, like the piano duet comedy bit with Chico and Harpo, or the family trying to buy beds and losing children (probably the maddest thing in a Marx film since "A Day at the Races," and this has one of the most elaborate and creative Harpo playing the harp sequences of any Marx film. I also enjoyed the nutty chase scene of the film's climax. I liked this one, it doesn't reach the heights of the Paramount films, but it is good Marx fun.
½ March 3, 2014
The Marx Brothers last film for MGM is one of their least impressive. Any film their in is going to be watchable, but a lot of the material here is mediocre and we spend too much time with the bland characters that drive the narrative. In fact, we spend far too much time with the narrative. I usually don't mind the music in these features, but the really horrid "Tenement Symphony" number really threatens to sink the whole picture.
February 5, 2014
The Big Store is not one of the Marx Brothers' best films, but it's worth watching once. Groucho still delivers a few good one-liners and insults to traditional romantic foil/punching bag Margaret Dumont. Harpo and Chico have some good scenes. 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, played by Tony Martin who stands to inherit 50 percent of a department store and his intention to sell that share so he can pursue his musical career and interest Joan Sutton, ably played by Virginia Grey. Store Manager Mr. Grover, played by Douglas Dumbrille has plans to do away with anyone who gets in the way of his taking over the store.

The plot is often difficult to follow, and when you do manage to follow it, it just isn't that interesting. Despite this, there are a few funny scenes. The scene where we first meet Groucho and Harpo in Groucho's private eye office is hilarious. The bedding department scene is good. The climax, featuring an extended chase through the department store, is a lot of fun, including the use of wire stunts and camera tricks. Chico really does not do too well in the film - nothing in particular standing out other than the scene where an Italian immigrant believes Chico is mocking him.

If you want to see a greay Marx Brothers flick, go for Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, or A Night at the Opera.
January 12, 2013
Tommy Rogers (Tony Martin) is a singer looking to sell off his stake in a department store, but a seedy manager (Douglas Dumbrille) is looking to bump him off before anyone notices some shady accounting. Tommy gets a trio of bodyguards for his situation, but they come in the form of Groucho, Chico, and Harpo. The Big Store has a couple of sublimely funny moments, including Harpo's secret room concerto and a screwball chase scene that serves as the movie's finale. At the same time, it falls quite short of the highs established in classic comedies like Duck Soup or A Night At The Opera. I liked enough of this film to give it a thumbs-up, but I wouldn't recommend it to a Marx novice.
½ November 24, 2012
'The Big Store' is just as funny, as fresh and as ridiculous as any 'Marx Bros.' film.
½ December 6, 2011
It's got some good bits and the Marxes are still funny, but too much plot and too much singing bog this one down.
September 6, 2011
really fails as a Marx Brothers films, too many bits without a decent length to them, has a few redeeming qualities like Harpo and Chico playing the piano together and the crazy, over the top chase scene at the end, but just not all that funny
August 28, 2011
Not as good as their earlier efforts, especially A Day At The Races and A Night At The Opera. Has hints of the brilliant slapstick they were capable of, but is mostly confusing, and unfocussed.
June 2, 2011
Store has a weak, duller-than-usual plot and some of the gags don't land, but the musical numbers are some of the strongest I've seen of the Marx's and there are still plenty of laughs.
May 27, 2011
the dept. store beds scene is priceless lol material!
May 22, 2011
A few funny setpieces, but other than that, nothing particularly special.
May 14, 2011
Later Marx Bros film shows how the material became more Hollywood formula and less inspired by their roots on the stage. Lacks pep in the first reel, but a frantic, climatic chase sequence (featuring some clever wire-work and stunts worthy of the Matrix) will amuse the kids and bemuse the adults.
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