Who's Minding the Store? (1963)

90 mins | Comedy | 27 November 1963

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HISTORY

The 8 Jan 1963 DV reported that director Frank Tashlin would start preproduction that week. According to the 15 Feb 1963 DV, veteran actress Bette Davis declined a role in the film, but assured star Jerry Lewis that she would consider appearing in one of his future projects. A news item in the 27 Feb 1963 DV stated that television actress Myrna Fahey was testing for a role; she was not credited on screen. Production charts in the 29 Mar 1963 DV reported that principal photography began 25 Mar 1963 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       As noted in the 29 Mar 1963 DV, property department chief Gordon Cole and his assistants, Earl Olin and Jim Cottrell, were responsible for approximately 26,480 items that comprised the inventory of the titular department store, including rowboats, women’s shoes, and “semi-harmless toy atom bombs.” Cole also commissioned eighty poodles from Allied Movie Dogs for a scene on Paramount’s “New York Street.” The 6 Mar 1963 DV credited Bobby Van with staging the film’s musical sequences.
       Production continued into May 1963, as indicated by the 20 May 1963 NYT. The 21 May 1963 DV revealed that actress Agnes Moorehead had completed her role and was returning to New York City.
       Six months later, the 15 Nov 1963 DV announced that the picture would open at 400 theaters over the holiday season. The 25 Nov 1963 DV reported that a 22 Nov 1963 sneak preview was postponed, due to the assassination of President John ... More Less

The 8 Jan 1963 DV reported that director Frank Tashlin would start preproduction that week. According to the 15 Feb 1963 DV, veteran actress Bette Davis declined a role in the film, but assured star Jerry Lewis that she would consider appearing in one of his future projects. A news item in the 27 Feb 1963 DV stated that television actress Myrna Fahey was testing for a role; she was not credited on screen. Production charts in the 29 Mar 1963 DV reported that principal photography began 25 Mar 1963 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       As noted in the 29 Mar 1963 DV, property department chief Gordon Cole and his assistants, Earl Olin and Jim Cottrell, were responsible for approximately 26,480 items that comprised the inventory of the titular department store, including rowboats, women’s shoes, and “semi-harmless toy atom bombs.” Cole also commissioned eighty poodles from Allied Movie Dogs for a scene on Paramount’s “New York Street.” The 6 Mar 1963 DV credited Bobby Van with staging the film’s musical sequences.
       Production continued into May 1963, as indicated by the 20 May 1963 NYT. The 21 May 1963 DV revealed that actress Agnes Moorehead had completed her role and was returning to New York City.
       Six months later, the 15 Nov 1963 DV announced that the picture would open at 400 theaters over the holiday season. The 25 Nov 1963 DV reported that a 22 Nov 1963 sneak preview was postponed, due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy earlier that day.
       Who’s Minding the Store? opened 27 Nov 1963 in New York City and 31 Dec 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, to mixed reviews. The 7 Jan 1964 DV reported earnings approaching $205,000 following the picture’s first week in Los Angeles. The 3 Jan 1964 DV noted that Paramount paired the film with the upcoming release, Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed (1963, see entry) as a special New Year’s Eve event. The latter film starred Lewis’s former comedy partner, Dean Martin.
       An article in the 12 Jan 1964 NYT noted that at least twenty brand names appeared in the department store scenes. A spokesman for Channel Master, whose products were featured prominently onscreen, commended Paramount for conceiving a film that “offered unexcelled opportunities” for product placement. Paramount merchandise coordinator Lige Brien was credited with arranging the sponsorships. Featured brands included Browning firearms, Sealy mattresses, Esquire shoe polish, and Wembley neckties.
       The 1 Apr 1963 DV listed Byron Foulger, Felice Richmond, and Glen Walters among the cast. Also mentioned was Scottish actress Quinn O’Hara, who claimed that her birth in an elevator qualified her to play an elevator operator. During a brief interview with the 7 Apr 1963 LAT, child actor Jimmy Gaines mentioned his participation in the film. A news item in the 13 Mar 1963 DV credited Linn Unkefer and Ted Ashton as unit publicists.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Jan 1963
p. 1.
Daily Variety
15 Feb 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
27 Feb 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
6 Mar 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
13 Mar 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
29 Mar 1963
p. 3, 8.
Daily Variety
1 Apr 1963
pp. 2-3.
Daily Variety
26 Apr 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
21 May 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Nov 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
25 Nov 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
27 Nov 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
3 Jan 1964
p. 2.
Daily Variety
7 Jan 1964
p. 1.
Daily Variety
14 Jan 1964
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
7 Apr 1963
Section B, p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
10 Nov 1963
Section E, p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
25 Dec 1963
Section E, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
2 Jan 1964
Section C, p. 11.
New York Times
20 May 1963
p. 51.
New York Times
27 Nov 1963
p. 31.
New York Times
28 Nov 1963
p. 90.
New York Times
8 Dec 1963
p. 232.
New York Times
12 Jan 1964
Section F, p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Col cons
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus cond
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 November 1963
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 November 1963
Los Angeles opening: 31 December 1963
Production Date:
25 March--late May 1963
Copyright Claimant:
York Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 November 1963
Copyright Number:
LP26777
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Determined to break up the romance between her daughter Barbara and Raymond Phiffier, a rather unstable poodle-sitter, Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle has Raymond hired as a jack-of-all-trades at one of the department stores she owns. Although the store manager, Mr. Quimby, gives Raymond numerous impossible tasks, he not only somehow comes through but even strikes up a friendship with Barbara's father, the titular head of the store. After Barbara warns her mother not to cause Raymond further trouble, he disgraces himself when a vacuum cleaner he is demonstrating runs amok, nearly causing a riot. Mrs. Tuttle fires him, but henpecked Mr. Tuttle does an about-face by telling off his wife. The entire family apologizes to Raymond as they join his poodle-walking ... +


Determined to break up the romance between her daughter Barbara and Raymond Phiffier, a rather unstable poodle-sitter, Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle has Raymond hired as a jack-of-all-trades at one of the department stores she owns. Although the store manager, Mr. Quimby, gives Raymond numerous impossible tasks, he not only somehow comes through but even strikes up a friendship with Barbara's father, the titular head of the store. After Barbara warns her mother not to cause Raymond further trouble, he disgraces himself when a vacuum cleaner he is demonstrating runs amok, nearly causing a riot. Mrs. Tuttle fires him, but henpecked Mr. Tuttle does an about-face by telling off his wife. The entire family apologizes to Raymond as they join his poodle-walking rounds. +

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