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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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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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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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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Stan: I've got a big business idea.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

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Classic Laurel and Hardy short
13 March 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

BIG BUSINESS

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Silent

(Black and white - Short film)

A minor dispute between two Christmas tree salesmen (Laurel and Hardy) and an irate customer (James Finlayson) escalates into massive mutual destruction.

The first collaboration between L&H and veteran comedy director James Horne is a masterpiece of its kind, in which two bickering salesmen become involved in a war of attrition with bad-tempered customer Finlayson (an invaluable member of the L&H universe). The escalation of conflict is joyously contrived (Finlayson reduces The Boys' car to spare parts, and they do the same to his house), and the pay-off - in which the entire cast is reduced to tears! - is no less satisfactory. Legend has it that the filmmakers accidentally destroyed the wrong house, after hiring the one next door...


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

20 April 1929 (USA) See more »

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Silent | Mono (musical score)

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1.33 : 1
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