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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.

Directors:

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

Writer:

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.

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Family

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Trivia

Stan Laurel contradicted Hal Roach's story about the crew demolishing the wrong house during filming. According to Stan, "... the chap who owned the house was employed at the studio and worked on the film with us." See more »

Quotes

[opening title board]
Narrator: The story of a man who turned the other cheek - and got punched in the nose.
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Crazy Credits

Director James Horne is listed in the credits as "J. Wesley Horne." See more »

Connections

Edited into When Comedy Was King (1960) See more »

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Absolutely Brilliant
4 February 2004 | by wwe2508See all my reviews

I'm doing a project on Stan Laurel for ICT and bought the "Way Out West" DVD to help me.

As well as the film itself, I saw that there was also a silent movie called "Big Buisness". I have never seen a silent in my life, and thought that it was the BEST PIECE OF COMEDY I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

I will definitely watch more silents from now on.

God bless Laurel & Hardy!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

20 April 1929 (USA) See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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