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Be Big! (1931)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  7 February 1931 (USA)
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On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »

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On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in their honor is being held that evening. Oliver feigns illness to get out of the trip, and the wives head off to the train station by themselves. Stanley's attempts to help Oliver get into his lodge uniform turn into a series of disasters. Meanwhile, the wives miss the last train and, returning to discover the deception, come after their husbands with shotguns. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy is a man of great care, caution and discretion. Mr. Laurel was married too.

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7 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Die Qual mit den Stiefeln  »

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This was Anita Garvin's second appearance as the high strung bossy Mrs. Laurel. Her first time in the role had been in Blotto (1930). See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Let's get together. There's nothing to getting a boot off. You don't have to drag me around the room. It's most embarrassing. Let's concentrate and use our brains, Rome wasn't built in a day. Remember the old adage, a task slowly done is surely done.
Stanley: [Nods]
Oliver: Do you understand?
Stanley: Sure, a cool head never won fair lady.
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Slapstick Fun With Stan & Ollie
15 March 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short. The Boys are all set to take their wives for a weekend in Atlantic City when Ollie discovers that the gang at the club are going to hold a stag party in their honor that very night. Feigning a terrific nervous headache, he gets Stanley to agree to send the wives on ahead by themselves. Now Ollie & Stanley can dress for the party - except for the little matter of Stanley's boots on Ollie's feet. If the wives find out they've been tricked, the Boys had better face their wrath like grownups and BE BIG!

This is a very funny film, relying almost entirely on slapstick humor - one has to wonder how Ollie could take those falls without seriously hurting himself. Watching him strain to get Stanley's boot off his right leg is genuinely exhausting and will make all fat men ache in sympathy.




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