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The Big Store (1941) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Charles Reisner and produced by Louis K. Sidney.

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Wolf J. Flywheel: [Flywheel has mistaken the Hastings brothers for the killers and handcuffed them] There you are. I give you the killers.
Tommy Rogers: Why, it's the Hastings brothers, the men who are going to buy the store.
Wolf J. Flywheel: Gentlemen, I'm terribly sorry, but it's really not my fault. You certainly do look like crooks.


Martha Phelps: Tell me, Wolfie dear, will we have a beautiful home?
Wolf J. Flywheel: Of course. You're not planning on moving, are you?
Martha Phelps: No, but, uh, I'm afraid after we're married awhile, a beautiful young girl will come along, and, uh, you'll forget all about me.
Wolf J. Flywheel: Don't be silly. I'll write you twice a week.


Mr. Grover: If Ms. Phelps were not my fiancée, I would turn in my resignation and walk out of this store for good!
Martha Phelps: Oh no, no...
Wolf J. Flywheel: Fiancée?
Martha Phelps: Yes.
Wolf J. Flywheel: You mean a woman of your culture and money and beauty and money and wealth and money would, would marry that imposter?


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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was watching a private screening of "The Big Store" when he received news that Nazi second-in-command Rudolf Hess had flown to Britain on an unauthorized mission to end the conflict between Britain and Germany during World War II. Churchill decided that the news was so unimportant he ignored it, went back into his screening room and watched the rest of the movie. (in "An evening with groucho" (1972) groucho tells this anecdote but the movie he refers to is "Monkey Business").
"The Big Store" is American con artists' jargon for a facility used by con artists in a 'Big Con', that is, one that requires multiple days to pull off, with a realistic setting, characters, etc, essentially a full-on drama put on for the benefit of the mark. The Big Store itself exists to be dressed up as, e.g., a brokerage or gambling house, depending on the con. A well-managed Big Store can go from an empty set of rooms to a bustling office with activity in all directions--and back again--in a matter of a few hours. Not seen very much these days, the Big Store had its golden age en the 30s and 40s, around about the time this movie was made. A well-known film example of a "Big Store" con is the one played on Robert Shaw by Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting.
Although William Tannen is credited as "Fred Sutton" in the movie's credits, he is called "Chris" by others in the movie.
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