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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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H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Qual mit den Stiefeln See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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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Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

A-Hunting We Will Go
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Sung by the men at Baldwin Cookes place
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Remember: BE BIG
10 August 2003 | by erwan_tichelerSee all my reviews

"Be Big" is one of the better short slapstick movies that the legendary couple made.Like always the story is not as important as the many jokes and visual expressions. The phone and doorbell of Hardy is hilarious as well as the doorbell of Laurel. Still,the biggest laughs come after the wives have left and when Ollie & Stan put on their boots for the club.These scenes are,although sometimes a bit long,really funny.

Of course it ends all wrong,but that is typical for these short features.A very nice piece of work. 9/10


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