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Little Giant (1946)

 -  Comedy  -  22 February 1946 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Joyce ...
Jacqueline deWit ...
George Cleveland ...
Clarence Goodring
Elena Verdugo ...
Mary Gordon ...
Ma Miller
Pierre Watkin ...
P.S. Van Loon
Donald MacBride ...
The conductor
Victor Kilian ...
Gus Anderson (salesman)
Mrs. Hendrickson
George Chandler ...
O'Brien (salesman)
Sid Fields ...
Air-pump customer
Beatrice Gray ...
Miss King
Bert Roach ...
Joe (bartender)


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 <>

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They're Selling Vacuum Cleaners !




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Release Date:

22 February 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boy Wonder  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first Bud Abbott and Lou Costello feature in which they did not play a team. The story centers on Costello's character, while Abbott doesn't appear until 16 minutes into the film. This was because the two were in the midst of a terrific feud and did not speak to each other outside of the film. They do not share a scene until 20 minutes into the picture. See more »


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 »


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

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A Different Comedy For The Team.
27 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Abbott & Costello work apart in this experimental film that sees Lou as Benny Miller, a young man living in the country with his mother(played by Mary Gordon). He has just recently completed a correspondence course in becoming a salesman, and goes into the city to become a vacuum cleaner salesman, where he goes to work for it's crooked president played by Abbott, who uses him for his own purposes. He is a bust as a salesman however, though his colleagues play a cruel trick on him that eventually backfires... Elena Verdugo plays Lou's understanding fiancée. Strange film works at keeping them apart, but is seldom funny, and pretty contrived, though innocuous enough to be acceptable viewing.

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