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Little Giant (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 February 1946 (USA)
Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Richard Collins (story), Walter DeLeon (screenplay) (as Walter De Leon) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Eddie L. Morrison / T.S. Chandler
Lou Costello ... Benny Miller
Brenda Joyce ... Miss Ruby Burke
Jacqueline deWit ... Hazel Temple Morrison (as Jacqueline de Wit)
George Cleveland ... Clarence Goodring
Elena Verdugo ... Martha Hill
Mary Gordon ... Ma Miller
Pierre Watkin ... P.S. Van Loon
Donald MacBride ... The conductor
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... Gus Anderson (salesman)
George Chandler ... O'Brien (salesman)
Joe Kirk Joe Kirk ... Salesman
Harry Brown ... Larry, Salesman
Beatrice Gray Beatrice Gray ... Miss King
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Hendrickson
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Storyline

Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's a crackerjack salesman. This comedy is somewhat like "The Time of Their Lives," in that Abbott and Costello don't have much screen time together and there are very few vaudeville bits woven into the plot. Written by Dan Weckerly <Daniel_Weckerly@providentmutual.com>

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They're Selling Vacuum Cleaners !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Wonder See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Lou Costello is mistaken for a male model and forced to strip, there is a very visible bandage on his right arm; that was to mask the bracelet containing the name of his baby son, who died in 1943, which the comic had welded closed so it could never be removed. See more »

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Abbott's toupee shifts noticeably during the "7 times 13 = 28" scene. (The "shift" is due to the fact that the scene was filmed after principal photography was completed. It was felt that at least one classic "routine" had to be inserted into the picture. You will notice that Lou is also heavier during this footage. Also filmed at this time was the routine with Sidney Fields, replacing a less confrontational sequence filmed with Eddy Waller.) See more »

Quotes

Benny Miller: Do you mind if I have a piece of candy while I wait on you?
Hazel Temple Morrison: Aren't you worried you're going to wear your teeth down to the bones?
Benny Miller: What?
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Costello Door To Door
17 January 2008 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This is a little appreciated A&C film that actually is quite good. It has almost no music to interrupt it. Abbott has a dual role & is only with Costello in small parts of the film. When this was made, the boys were fighting so they tried not to do scenes together.

Director William Seiter has a lot to do with a lot of the difference here. Sidney Fields has a great sequence doing the straight man with Costello early in the film too.

This film has a funny/ fuzzy math routine (common core) that obviously is drawn straight from A&C's radio shows they did before the movies. There is a lot of good support for A&C in this movie. This is the only film where Costello does "pathos" type comedy and he is actually quite good at it.

Some critics rated this as the best A&C film that few people have seen. It is the first of 2 films which departed from their standard format. Maybe they should have fought more often as they are 2 of the stronger films the team did.

Overall, this is a good outing, and worth seeing. Universal has it on their DVD Franchise Collection, Volume 2 of 4 volumes.


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