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Big Business (1929)

Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner.

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Stan and Ollie are Christmas tree salesmen in California. Business is slow and a simple argument with one grumpy prospective customer (James Finlayson) escalates from a simple argument into full scale mutual destruction with Stan & Ollie destroying the customers house and garden, whilst Finlayson reduces their car to scrap metal, all under the disbelieving gaze of a police officer and an assembled crowd. Written by Steve Smith

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The story of a man who turned the other cheek-and got punched in the nose.

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20 April 1929 (USA)  »

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Hal Roach bought a house and its contents from a man, and sent him on his way in his Model T. When it came time to film this short, Roach arrived on location late in the afternoon and found that the actors and crew had actually destroyed the house next door. See more »

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Stan: I've got a big business idea.
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Featured in Silent Clowns: Laurel and Hardy (2006) See more »

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hilarious early Laurel and Hardy short
21 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is the granddaddy of all Laurel and Hardy fight with the neighbor shorts. A small disagreement escalates to a near-world war and destruction and mayhem result. This formula worked great here and was reprised in such Laurel and Hardy films as TIT FOR TAT, TWO TARS and THE BULLFIGHTERS. All these fights are excellent, but I have to give a higher score to this film because it was the first and most outrageous.

Laurel and Hardy are door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen! Naturally, their business is terrible (since it is Stan and Ollie) and some of their prospective customers, namely James Finlayson, are irritated by their bothering them. Well, this mild irritation quickly escalates to breaking the boys car and the boys destroying the man's home. All this is very funny and well-paced and I especially liked the ending--it might just catch you by surprise. This silent short is about as good as you can find from this duo.

By the way, this film appears in an abbreviated form at the end of Robert Youngson's compilation film WHEN COMEDY WAS KING (1960).


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