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Be Big! is a Laurel & Hardy sound short film released 7 February 1931.


Stan and Ollie are about to depart on a trip to Atlantic City with their wives, when Ollie gets a phone call from Cookie, a lodge buddy. Cookie tells Ollie that a stag party is taking place that night in their honor. When Ollie says they won't be able to attend, he reveals irresistible details of the event.

Ollie pretends to be sick and sends the wives on ahead, promising that he and Stan will meet them in the morning. The pair dress in their lodge gear with a lengthy struggle to pull one of Stan's boots off Ollie's foot. The wives then return having missed their train. With no obvious escape route Stan and Ollie take to a bed in fear. In response to Stan's plea of "What'll I do?" Ollie replies "Be big!"


  • Stan Laurel as Stan
  • Oliver Hardy as Ollie
  • Anita Garvin as Mrs. Laurel (uncredited)
  • Charlie Hall as Bellhop (uncredited)
  • Isabelle Keith as Mrs. Hardy (uncredited)
  • Baldwin Cooke as Cookie (uncredited)
  • Jack Hill as Passerby at station (uncredited)
  • Chet Brandenburg as Cab driver (uncredited)
  • Jean De Briac (uncredited extra)

Foreign versions

Be Big! was filmed in two extended foreign-language versions immediately upon completion of its English version. They combined the story of the original with that of Laughing Gravy, a short from later the same year.

Les Carottiers, the French version, starred Germaine de Neel as Mrs. Hardy and Jean De Briac as Cookie. The Spanish version, Los Calavaras, featured Linda Loredo as Mrs. Hardy.

Laurel and Hardy delivered their French and Spanish lines phonetically from cue cards in both foreign versions. Anita Garvin played Mrs. Laurel in all three films; she mouthed her foreign lines phonetically on-camera but off-mic, while a voice actress just off-camera spoke into a "hot" mic.[1]


  1. Skretvedt, Randy (1996). Laurel & Hardy: Magic Behind the Movies. Beverly Hills, CA: Past Times Publishing. ISBN 0-940410-29-X, p. 211.