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Little Giant (1946)

Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's ... See full summary »

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Hazel Temple Morrison (as Jacqueline de Wit)
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Clarence Goodring
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Martha Hill
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Ma Miller
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Larry, Salesman
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Storyline

Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's a crackerjack salesman. This comedy is somewhat like "The Time of Their Lives," in that Abbott and Costello don't have much screen time together and there are very few vaudeville bits woven into the plot. Written by Dan Weckerly <Daniel_Weckerly@providentmutual.com>

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They're Selling Vacuum Cleaners !

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22 February 1946 (USA)  »

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The Boy Wonder  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pierre Watkin's character, P. S. Van Loon, was named after Paul Van Loan, a staff composer under Universal. Producer Joe Gershenson came up with the whimsical nod. Gershenson would later become musical director of the studio. See more »

Goofs

Abbott's toupee shifts noticeably during the "7 times 13 = 28" scene. (The "shift" is due to the fact that the scene was filmed after principal photography was completed. It was felt that at least one classic "routine" had to be inserted into the picture. You will notice that Lou is also heavier during this footage. Also filmed at this time was the routine with Sidney Fields, replacing a less confrontational sequence filmed with Eddy Waller.) See more »

Quotes

T.S. Chandler: [Benny insists 7 goes into 28 13 times, Chandler has him write 7 13s on a blackboard] We'll add these up this time.
[adds the 3's]
T.S. Chandler: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21. Now, if you can get 28 out of that, you have a job.
Benny Miller: [adds the 1's on the 13's] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, plus 21 is 28.
T.S. Chandler: [defeated] You've got the job.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

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Little Giant not in Abbott and Costello spirit
8 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

This, being the last Abbott and Costello film, I'm not surprised that it went downhill. In my opinion, Abbott was a minor character, and I didn't laugh once in watching this movie. We've gone from good old slapstick and walking into walls to making fun of the stupidity of Lou. He loses everything, and we get that horrible tragedy atmosphere. Then they squeeze a 2-minute happy ending in, and you never lose it. All in all, this movie, although it has a nice blurb on the back, stinks.


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