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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George Cleveland ...
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Mary Gordon ...
Ma Miller
Pierre Watkin ...
P.S. Van Loon
Donald MacBride ...
The conductor
Victor Kilian ...
Gus Anderson (salesman)
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Mrs. Hendrickson
George Chandler ...
O'Brien (salesman)
Sid Fields ...
Air-pump customer
Beatrice Gray ...
Miss King
Bert Roach ...
Joe (bartender)
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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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Trivia

When Lou Costello is mistaken for a male model and forced to strip, there is a very visible bandage on his right arm; that was to mask the bracelet containing the name of his baby son, who died in 1943, which the comic had welded closed so it could never be removed. See more »

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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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surprising pathos-filled change-of-pace for Abbott and Costello
12 May 2004 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Included in the second of Universal's multi-disc DVD sets of Abbott and Costello, LITTLE GIANT is a charming film, full of pathos, and NOT a standard A&C comedy. First, Abbott and Costello are not a team here. It's basically Costello's film, with Abbott in a dual role as both the film's antagonist and the antagonist's cousin, who befriends Costello. Second, the comedy is more physical than is usual for A&C and less verbal. It proves what a fine physical comedian Costello was. Third, the film tries for pathos instead of pure slapstick, and strays into territory more associated with Chaplin or Harry Langdon or even Jerry Lewis (as in Hardly Working, which this film reminded me of). Once again, Costello proves his talent as an actor of quality and depth. I applaud Universal for trying to develop the talents of Abbott and Costello in films such as this one and THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES, which followed it. Interestingly, after these two changes-of-pace for A&C, Universal played it safe by doing a sequel to BUCK PRIVATES, their first solo smash. Abbott does a nice job in both roles (obviously, the "positions" of his toupee were intentional!). A shame he did not get more character roles such as these. With the wide circulation the new DVD boxset will give LITTLE GIANT, I feel it will gain a new and understanding audience who will appreciate the chances the film takes. Finally, the wonderful Elena Verdugo is as charming as ever.


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