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Bigger and Better (1930)

The boys get jobs in a department during summer vacation so they'll be near the girls.


Edgar Kennedy


H.M. Walker (dialogue)


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Cast overview:
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey Daniels
Grady Sutton ... Grady 'Alabam' Sutton
David Sharpe ... Dave Sharpe
Mary Kornman ... Mary
Dorothy Granger ... Dorothy
Gertrude Messinger ... Gertie (as Gertie Messinger)


On the train trip home from school, all the kids except Dave talk about taking a vacation trip to Lake Arrowhead; Dave wants a summer job. Alabam suggests that his uncle might hire Dave at a department store. The uncle likes Dave's attitude and tells Alabam and Mickey they should work there too. Reluctantly, Alabam takes a sales assignment in ladies' accessories, where he's charming but clueless. Mickey, lazy and on the take, sees the store detective helping himself to a chocolate bar, so he wants that job. Dave learns the hard way that the customer is always right, Mickey puts the cuffs on the wrong customer, and Lake Arrowhead looks very far away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short



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Second episode in the Boy Friends 2-reel comedy series See more »


Followed by Blood and Thunder (1931) See more »

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Keep On Working
9 September 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In 1930, Hal Roach decided to put his old OUR GANG actors, Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman, back to work in a series of short teenage comedies. Adding in Grady Sutton and giving them the usual fine Roach behind-the-camera talent -- this would be the last movie that George Stevens handled as a regular cinematographer --this series of shorts continued for three years, Unhappily, while loaded with good performances and gags, the series -- and this one in particular -- lacks the innocent charm that series director Robert McGowan brought to the Our Gang series. Also, Mickey Daniels, has grown from a cute freckle-faced child to a positively ugly young man whose mugging is over the top.

It's still fun, so enjoy it for that. It's just not great.

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Release Date:

25 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Bigger and Better See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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