History Film / BigBusiness

2nd May '16 1:45:22 PM Faberlich
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''Big Business'' is a 1929 short film starring Creator/LaurelAndHardy. Here, Stan and Ollie are going door-to-door, trying to sell Christmas trees in suburban Los Angeles. They bumble their way around until they wind up greatly irritating one particular homeowner (played by frequent L&H antagonist Jimmy Finlayson); Stan keeps getting his tree stuck in said homeowner's door, and they have to keep ringing the bell to get it out. When Stan rings the bell again and tries to get an advance order on a Christmas tree for next year, the homeowner snaps and wrecks their tree. Stan, in retaliation, vandalizes the homeowner's front door. The homeowner starts slicing up their clothes. This starts a rapidly escalating war of destruction in which Stan and Ollie set about wrecking the man's little bungalow while the homeowner dedicates himself to annihilating Stan and Ollie's trees and their Model T Ford.

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''Big Business'' is a 1929 short film starring Creator/LaurelAndHardy. Here, Stan and Ollie are going door-to-door, trying to sell Christmas trees in suburban Los Angeles. They bumble their way around until they wind up greatly irritating one particular homeowner (played by frequent L&H antagonist Jimmy Finlayson); Stan keeps getting his tree stuck in said homeowner's door, and they have to keep ringing the bell to get it out. When Stan rings the bell again and tries to get an advance order on a Christmas tree for next year, the homeowner snaps and wrecks their tree. Stan, in retaliation, vandalizes the homeowner's front door. The homeowner starts slicing up their clothes. This starts a rapidly escalating war of destruction in which Stan and Ollie set about wrecking the man's little bungalow and garden while the homeowner dedicates himself to annihilating Stan and Ollie's trees and their Model T Ford.
12th Apr '16 12:49:45 PM GothicProphet
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* TrashTheSet: Laurel and Hardy wrecked a real Los Angeles house for this short. An [[UrbanLegends urban legend]] maintains that it was actually the wrong house, but this is most likely too good to be true.

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* TrashTheSet: Laurel and Hardy wrecked a real Los Angeles house for this short. An [[UrbanLegends urban legend]] maintains that it was actually the wrong house, but this is most likely too good to be true.true.
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9th Apr '16 1:24:41 PM Mdumas43073
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* PoliceAreUseless: A cop pulls up while Stan and Ollie are destroying the house and the homeowner is tearing Stan and Ollie's car apart. He watches, in apparent astonishment, without making the slightest effort to stop any of them... until Ollie accidentally [[AgonyOfTheFeet whacks his foot with a sledgehammer]].

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* PoliceAreUseless: A cop pulls up while Stan and Ollie are destroying the house and the homeowner is tearing Stan and Ollie's car apart. He watches, in apparent astonishment, jotting down notes without making the slightest effort to stop any of them... until Ollie accidentally [[AgonyOfTheFeet whacks his foot with a sledgehammer]].
17th Mar '16 11:04:26 AM jamespolk
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* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet: Stan and Ollie park their car on the curb, attempt to sell a tree to the resident in the home behind the curb, and fail. They crank up their car and drive approximately 20 feet around the corner, to the next bungalow.
11th Mar '16 3:44:20 AM Mdumas43073
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''Big Business'' is one of Laurel and Hardy's best-remembered silent shorts. It has a place in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.

The film can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TRneBC98Gk here.]]

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''Big Business'' is one of Laurel and Hardy's best-remembered silent shorts. It has a place in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.

UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry. The film can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TRneBC98Gk here.]]]]

Not to be confused with the 1988 TwinSwitch comedy starring Bette Midler and Creator/LilyTomlin.
14th Feb '16 7:24:27 AM Xenest
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* CaptainObvious: The homeowner grows increasingly enraged after Stan gets the tree stuck in his door something like four times. Finally he picks up the tree and throws it. From this Stan deduces, "I don't think he wants a tree."

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* CaptainObvious: The homeowner grows increasingly enraged after Stan gets the tree stuck in his door something like four times. Finally he picks up the tree and throws it. From this Stan Ollie deduces, "I don't think he wants a tree."
5th Sep '15 6:56:03 PM nombretomado
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''Big Business'' is one of Laurel and Hardy's best-remembered silent shorts. It has a place in the NationalFilmRegistry.

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''Big Business'' is one of Laurel and Hardy's best-remembered silent shorts. It has a place in the NationalFilmRegistry.
UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.
29th Oct '14 8:39:43 AM Mdumas43073
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* PoliceAreUseless: A cop pulls up while Stan and Ollie are destroying the house and the homeowner is tearing Stan and Ollie's car apart. He watches, in apparent astonishment, without making any effort to stop either of them... until Ollie accidentally [[AgonyOfTheFeet whacks his foot with a sledgehammer]].

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* PoliceAreUseless: A cop pulls up while Stan and Ollie are destroying the house and the homeowner is tearing Stan and Ollie's car apart. He watches, in apparent astonishment, without making any the slightest effort to stop either any of them... until Ollie accidentally [[AgonyOfTheFeet whacks his foot with a sledgehammer]].
29th Oct '14 8:39:09 AM Mdumas43073
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* PoliceAreUseless: A cop pulls up while Stan and Ollie are destroying the house and the homeowner is tearing Stan and Ollie's car apart. He watches, without making any effort to stop either of them, perhaps in astonishment, until Ollie accidentally whacks his foot with a sledgehammer.

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* PoliceAreUseless: A cop pulls up while Stan and Ollie are destroying the house and the homeowner is tearing Stan and Ollie's car apart. He watches, in apparent astonishment, without making any effort to stop either of them, perhaps in astonishment, them... until Ollie accidentally [[AgonyOfTheFeet whacks his foot with a sledgehammer.sledgehammer]].
29th Oct '14 8:35:39 AM Mdumas43073
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* TapOnTheHead: Ollie receives this from a hammer after foolishly ignoring a "no solicitors" sign at one house.

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* TapOnTheHead: Ollie receives this from gets conked with a hammer after foolishly ignoring a "no solicitors" sign at one house.
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