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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Das große Geschäft  »

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Thinking Finlayson will buy a tree, Stan calls out "Babe!" to Oliver Hardy, who is standing at their car. Babe was Oliver Hardy's nickname, but was not used in the films. As a silent, no one felt a need to correct it. See more »


Stan: I've got a big business idea.
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Laughing Gods
7 June 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Well I belong to a place which is slightly behind on technology. The first Laurel and Hardy film I got to see was in 1988, at a time I was already 16 years old. I remember having seen a quiz on them however, about a year before that in a well reputed magazine of those times in India called "Illustrated Weekly". And that was it.

Today in 2005, I would wish to introduce myself as "Know all" on the matter of the "Boys".

To me they are "GODS". They have the ability of pacifying my existentialist angst at the flick of a button. There 75 year old gags still yank my guts out every time I laugh and fall off the bed.

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