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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.

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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:

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Finn's 'house' was close to Bannockburn Drive in Los Angeles. Finn was born in Larbert, Scotland 5 or 6 miles from Bannockburn. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: Wouldn't you like to buy a Christmas tree?
First Customer: No thank you.
Ollie: Wouldn't your husband like to buy one?
First Customer: I have no husband.
Stan: If you had a husband would he buy one?
[Woman slams the door in Stan & Ollie's face]
Ollie: From now on I'll do the talking!
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Never-to-perish Comedy Classic
3 May 2006 | by Prichards12345See all my reviews

Want to know how to give yourself a self-induced hernia? Just watch this Laurel and Hardy Masterpiece unfold before your eyes. The first time I saw it I was reduced to a fit of hysterics - it made my entire week, and I only have to think of James Finn, a Christmas Tree wrapped around his neck as he tries to snap it, to get the giggles all over again. What can one say that hasn't been said already? To me it seems to tell us so much about why we humans fight and squabble over things that are not that important, and do it in an infinitely better and less heavy-handed way than Chaplin. Ugh! I'm getting all serious here - and one should not be serious at all about one of the funniest twenty minutes in screen history.

This is a beautifully polished perfect gem. It will survive as long as the movies themselves.


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