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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 

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 Roach. The 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.

The Library 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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