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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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(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

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Erroneously believed to be in the Public Domain by a few video distributors, due to the fact it was copyrighted (and renewed) under the title "The Chiselers". See more »

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Introductory Card: Mr Hardy is a man on great care, caution, and discretion - Mr. Laurel is married too.
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Remember: BE BIG
10 August 2003 | by (Amsterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

"Be Big" is one of the better short slapstick movies that the legendary couple made.Like always the story is not as important as the many jokes and visual expressions. The phone and doorbell of Hardy is hilarious as well as the doorbell of Laurel. Still,the biggest laughs come after the wives have left and when Ollie & Stan put on their boots for the club.These scenes are,although sometimes a bit long,really funny.

Of course it ends all wrong,but that is typical for these short features.A very nice piece of work. 9/10


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