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    The Big Store (MGM, 1941) Australian Daybill (13" X 30"). Tommy Rogers (Tony Martin) is the nephew and heir of Martha Phelps (Margaret Dumont), the owner of Phelps Department Store. Tommy is orchestrating the sale of the store to Hastings Brothers, but not everyone is happy with the upcoming sale. Manager Grover (Douglass Dumbrille) has been juggling the books and is trying to cause Tommy to have an accident so that the sale will not go through. Enter Wolf J. Flywheel to save the day! In this last of the Marx Brothers MGM films, Groucho plays Flywheel, the worst detective in the world. Harpo is Wacky, his assistant and Chico plays Ravelli, a friend of Tommy's. Groucho has his asides to the audience ("I told you in the first reel he was a crook.", "This dress is actually red, but Technicolor is sooooo expensive."), Harpo plays in a trio with two copies of himself, and Chico portrays his usual non sequitur character. This bright litho daybill features caricatures by Al Hirschfeld of the three Brothers, as well as a photo of Tony Martin and Virginia Grey. Pinholes in one corner, a few tiny edge chips and one larger chip, one edge tear and some water staining. Fine/Very Fine.

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    March, 2005
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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