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  Stan Laurel, Olver Hardy (center) and James Finlayson (with axe).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Big Business
(1929) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by J. Wesley Horne (James W. Horne)

Cast: Stan Laurel [a tree saleman], Oliver Hardy [a tree salesman], James Finlayson [the irate homeowner], Tiny Sanford (Stanley Sanford), Lyle Tayo

Hal Roach Studios, Incorporated, production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / From a screen story by Leo McCarey. Supervising director, Leo McCarey. Cinematography by George Stevens. Intertitles by H.M. Walker. Edited by Richard Currier. Presented by Hal Roach. / © 27 June 1929 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation [LP492]. Released 20 April 1929. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot on 19-26 December 1928. / Silent film.


Synopsis: The boys are Christmas tree salesmen who eventually feud with irate homeowner Finlayson.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive [35mm positive]; in the film holdings of Film Preservation Associates [35mm positive]; and in private film collections [8mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Accidents - Canes - Chases - Children - Crowds - Crying - Explosives: Explosions - Furnishings: Lamps - Handkerchiefs - Hats: Bowler - Houses: Awnings, Chimneys, Doorbells, Doors, Windows (Broken) - Lamp posts - Law: Enforcement: Policemen (Badges) - Mittens - Musical instruments: Pianos - Neckties - Reconciliations - Revenge - Salesmen: Door-to-door - Signage - Sob stories - Street scenes - Telephones - Tobacco: Cigars (Exploding), Pipes - Tools: Axes, Garden clippers, Garden hoses, Hammers, Scissors - Transportation: Automobiles - Trees: Christmas - USA: California - Water - Watches: Pocket - Weapons: Bombs, Knives

Listing updated: 19 August 2009.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Bohn-Light p. 105; Everson-American pp. 11, 207; Kerr-Silent pp. 333, 334, 335; Lahue-World p. 139; Shipman-Cinema p. 104; Sinyard-Silent p. 49; Skretvedt-LaurelHardy pp. 144, 145, 146-147, 435.

Home video: DVD.

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