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Bigger and Better (1930)

The boys get jobs in a department during summer vacation so they'll be near the girls.





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Cast overview:
Mickey Daniels
Grady 'Alabam' Sutton
Dave Sharpe
Gertie (as Gertie Messinger)


On the train trip home from school, all the kids except Dave talk about taking a vacation trip to Lake Arrowhead; Dave wants a summer job. Alabam suggests that his uncle might hire Dave at a department store. The uncle likes Dave's attitude and tells Alabam and Mickey they should work there too. Reluctantly, Alabam takes a sales assignment in ladies' accessories, where he's charming but clueless. Mickey, lazy and on the take, sees the store detective helping himself to a chocolate bar, so he wants that job. Dave learns the hard way that the customer is always right, Mickey puts the cuffs on the wrong customer, and Lake Arrowhead looks very far away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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summer | customer | lake | uncle | vacation | See All (43) »


Comedy | Short






Release Date:

25 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Bigger and Better  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second episode in the Boy Friends 2-reel comedy series See more »


Followed by High Gear (1931) See more »

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Fair Boy Friends
24 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bigger and Better (1930)

** (out of 4)

Decent "Boy Friends" entry has Mickey Daniels, David Sharpe and Grady Sutton getting summer jobs in a department store where they plan on meeting girls but soon each of them are in over their heads and especially Mickey who is working as a detective. This isn't the greatest short to come out of Hal Roach Studios but there are enough decent moments to make it worth sitting through if you enjoy these early sound shorts. I actually thought the first half of the film was better when the boys were on a train with a lot of girls and trying to pick them up. All three try for this one young lady are end up being rejected in some funny ways. The second portion of the film takes place at the department store and this is where the screenplay goes rather flat as we get the jokes you'd expect and none of them are very funny. One such joke includes Mickey arresting a famous shoplifter who of course turns out to be the store's best customer. Sharpe has a run in with a man whose hat keeps getting damaged and Sutton has no luck in the shoe department.

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