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Be Big! (1931) Poster

(1931)

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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).
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".
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This film, along with Laughing Gravy (1931), were simultaneously produced in Spanish language versions, and the two shorts were edited together into one continuous film Los calaveras (1931). Laurel and Hardy read their lines from cue cards on which Spanish was written phonetically. At the time of early talkies, dubbing was not yet perfected. The same was done for a French language version, Les carottiers (1931).
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According to the Wikipedia article "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Big!" there is some question about who was the director of the film. It states "The opening titles on the film credit James Parrott as director and Art Lloyd as director of photography, but all contemporary publicity and promotional materials name James W. Horne as director and Jack Stevens as photographer." The RHI Entertainment, Inc. print and the New York Times credits Horne as director, and some references credit both Horne and Parrott as director. Since the original print is no longer available, both are listed in IMDb.
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