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Be Big! (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 7 February 1931 (USA)
In order to secretly attend a stag party in their honor, the boys urge their wives to travel ahead alone on a jointly-planned Atlantic City vacation by invoking Oliver's fake migraine as an excuse to remain behind.


H.M. Walker (dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie


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.


Short | Comedy


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Erroneously believed to be in the Public Domain by a few video distributors, due to the fact it was copyrighted (and renewed) under the title "The Chiselers". See more »


Introductory Card: Mr Hardy is a man on great care, caution, and discretion - Mr. Laurel is married too.
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Alternate Versions

Spanish and French language versions of this film were also produced simultaneously. Laurel and Hardy read from cue cards with their lines written phonetically in the appropriate languages. At the time of early talkies, the process of dubbing was not yet perfected. See more »


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Be Big!
23 July 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Stan, Ollie and their wives are going on a trip to Atlantic City, but when Ollie gets a call from a friend saying a stag party is being thrown in his (and Stan's) honor, he cannot resist. The boys get themselves into their usual bit of trouble, although the laughs here are a bit strained, most notably in the long winded boot sequence which went on entirely too long.

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Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA) See more »

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Die Qual mit den Stiefeln See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)| Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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