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|BIG BUSINESS (directors: James W. Horne; screenwriter: H.M. Walker/Leo McCarey; cinematographer: George Stevens; editor: Richard Currier; cast: Stan Laurel (Stan), Oliver Hardy (Ollie), James Finlayson (Homeowner), Tiny Sandford (Cop); Runtime: 21; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal Roach; Image Entertainment; 1929-silent)|
|"The short is
a scream, with Laurel and Hardy at the top of their game."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Laurel and Hardy make big business out of selling
Xmas trees door to
door in sunny California. A classic version of the genre of
"retribution" comedy where in a simple"no" evolves into the.A slapstick classic, with well-timed
antics, as directed by James W. Horne ("Captain Midnight"/"The Green
Archer"/"The Iron Claw") and written by H.M. Walker and an uncredited Leo
McCarey, for producer Hal
short is a scream, with Laurel and Hardy at the top of their game. It
has Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in sunny California going
door-to-door to sell Xmas trees
from the back of their car. The duo get a door slammed in their face in
the first suburban house they approach and in the second a hammer to
the head. In the third house, the homeowner (James Finlayson) gets annoyed that the peddlers keep ringing
his bell even after he tells them no and tosses the tree onto the
street. That begins a series of retaliations on both sides that gathers
a crowd and a policeman, who stares in disbelief at what he's
witnessing. The boys, unaware of the policeman, destroy the inside of
the house and dig up the yard, while the irate homeowner destroys the
boys' car and their Christmas trees.
of Congress lists it as one of their honored American classic films.
REVIEWED ON 6/2/2010 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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