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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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summer | customer | lake | uncle | vacation | See All (43) »


Comedy | Short








Release Date:

25 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Bigger and Better See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Followed by Too Many Women (1932) See more »

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Not great...but this is true of most of the Boy Friends films.
21 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This Boy Friends short begins oddly--just like a few other of Hal Roach's early talking shorts. The same set of twins introduces the movie and reads off the credits--then the actual story begins.

Like the other Boy Friends films, this one has Mickey Daniels (originally from Roach's Our Gang series) and Grady Sutton--along with several other cast members you'll see later (whose composition changed a lot in the following films). Sutton and Daniels are on a train--the widest train I've ever seen on a film! They annoy a young lady and their friend Dave (David Sharpe) arrives and tells them he's going to work for Grady's Uncle Ed (Edgar Kennedy). When Grady stops by to see Uncle Ed, he and Mickey are told by the uncle that BOTH of them are also going to work for him--and he's already talked to their parents about this. Apparently, during this summer vacation the lazy college students will not be having fun! Grady gives in--but Mickey is determined to do whatever job is easiest and asks to become a store detective. And, naturally, Mickey makes a mess of everything.

While this film isn't bad, it isn't that great either. Part of the problem is Mickey Daniels' trademark laugh. Some people thought it was funny--I felt it was truly horrific. I did, however, like seeing Sharpe's actrobatics. While there really was no reason for his backflips, they were pretty remarkable. Too bad this might just be the best part of the film! Passable entertainment and nothing more.

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