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Big Business (1929)

Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner.

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James W. Horne (as J. Wesley Horne), Leo McCarey

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H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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Storyline

Stan and Ollie are Christmas tree salesmen in California. Business is slow and a simple argument with one grumpy prospective customer (James Finlayson) escalates from a simple argument into full scale mutual destruction with Stan & Ollie destroying the customers house and garden, whilst Finlayson reduces their car to scrap metal, all under the disbelieving gaze of a police officer and an assembled crowd. Written by Steve Smith

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The story of a man who turned the other cheek-and got punched in the nose.

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Short | Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Business See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Thinking Finlayson will buy a tree, Stan calls out "Babe!" to Oliver Hardy, who is standing at their car. Babe was Oliver Hardy's nickname, but was not used in the films. As a silent, no one felt a need to correct it. See more »

Quotes

Stan: I've got a big business idea.
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Featured in Silent Clowns: Laurel and Hardy (2006) See more »

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The Greatest Comedy Ever Made
16 June 2001 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

Granted, there are feature films such as SOME LIKE IT HOT, DR. STRANGELOVE, ANNIE HALL, TOOTSIE, DUCK SOUP and so on that are classier, more well-written, and other such qualities. But when it boils down to laughs per minute, this short has them all topped. I mean, it is simply the best comedy ever done...anytime, anywhere. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as two Christmas tree salesmen in sunny California. And James Finlayson as their potential customer. When they start to tear his house apart, I don't stop laughing for a second. I seriously believe that this film should be placed in a museum, next to any other great works of art.


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