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Be Big! (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 7 February 1931 (USA)
On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »

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On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in their honor is being held that evening. Oliver feigns illness to get out of the trip, and the wives head off to the train station by themselves. Stanley's attempts to help Oliver get into his lodge uniform turn into a series of disasters. Meanwhile, the wives miss the last train and, returning to discover the deception, come after their husbands with shotguns. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy is a man of great care, caution and discretion. Mr. Laurel was married too.

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Short | Comedy

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7 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Die Qual mit den Stiefeln  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to the Wikipedia article "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Big!" there is some question about who was the director of the film. It states "The opening titles on the film credit James Parrott as director and Art Lloyd as director of photography, but all contemporary publicity and promotional materials name James W. Horne as director and Jack Stevens as photographer." The RHI Entertainment, Inc. print and the New York Times credits Horne as director, and some references credit both Horne and Parrott as director. Since the original print is no longer available, both are listed in IMDb. See more »

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Oliver: Let's get together. There's nothing to getting a boot off. You don't have to drag me around the room. It's most embarrassing. Let's concentrate and use our brains, Rome wasn't built in a day. Remember the old adage, a task slowly done is surely done.
Stanley: [Nods]
Oliver: Do you understand?
Stanley: Sure, a cool head never won fair lady.
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Alternate-language version of Les carottiers (1932) See more »

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A-Hunting We Will Go
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They Can't Help Themselves
16 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Once again the boys try to fool their wives by feigning illness. This time instead of taking them to Atlantic City, Ollie gets wind of a stag at their lodge and apparently it's in his honor. After convincing Stan that he is not actually sick, they set about preparing for the event. However, it takes half the episode to get Stan's boots off Ollie, who has accidentally put them on. Stan's boots are way too small. Nothing ever works out because the women have to return and the boys are caught red handed. Nevertheless, while the women are away, things are hilarious. We would ask ourselves, if this were a realistic venue, why these guys are so cavalier in their efforts to try to get up to something when these things are doomed.


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