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With the profits of the Abbott & Costello films in decline, Universal decided to experiment with the comedians' standard formula. In both Little Giant and Costello, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play separate characters, rather than the usual smart guy/dumb guy comedy team. In Lou Costello, Costello is cast as farm boy Benny Miller, a would-be salesman who goes to work for the Hercules Vacuum Cleaner company. Almost immediately running afoul of crooked general manager Morrison (Bud Abbott), bumbling Benny is about to be fired when he is convinced by a bunch of practical jokers that he has the power to read minds. His newfound self-confidence enables Benny to become Hercules' top salesman, which delights branch manager Tom Chandler (also Bud Abbott), Morrison's cousin and principal rival. About to receive a salesmanship award, Benny falls into a trap laid by Morrison and his wife (Jacqueline de Wit), who conspire to discredit Chandler by exposing Benny as a fraud. Thoroughly disillusioned, Benny returns home, only to discover that not only is he still Hercules' fair-haired boy, but that he's also replaced Morrison as general manager. Written by Richard Collins and Paul Jarrico, Little Giant is hardly typical Abbott and Costello fare, though the film contains several characteristic comedy setpieces, including an interpolation of Abbott & Costello's classic "Seven Goes Into Twenty-Eight Thirteen Times" routine. Perennial Marx Brothers foil Margaret Dumont shows up in one of the better slapstick scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bud Abbott
as Tom Chandler
Bud Abbott
as John Morrison
Lou Costello
as Benny Miller
Brenda Joyce
as Ruby
Jacqueline De Wit
as Hazel
George Cleveland
as Uncle Clarence
Elena Verdugo
as Martha Hill
Mary Gordon
as Mom Miller
Pierre Watkin
as President Van Loon
Donald MacBride
as Pullman Conductor
George Chandler
as O'Brien, salesman
Beatrice Gray
as Miss King, Secretary
Lane Chandler
Dorothy Christy
as Wife
Chester Conklin
as Tailor
Pat Costello
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Hendrickson
Ralph Dunn
as Man in Lower Berth
Mary Field
Edward Gargan
as Policeman
Donald Kerr
Victor Kilian
as Gus
Joe Kirk
Florence Lake
Anne O'Neal
Ralph Peters
as Jim
Bert Roach
as Bartender
Eddy Waller
as Driver
Victor Kilian
as Gus
Dorothy Christy
as Wife
Bert Roach
as Bartender
Ralph Peters
as Jim
Edward Gargan
as Policeman
Chester Conklin
as Tailor
Ralph Dunn
as Man in Lower Berth
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Hendrickson

Crew

William Seiter
Director
Joseph E. Gershenson
Producer
Paul Jarrico
Screenwriter
Walter de Leon
Screenwriter
Charles Van Enger
Cinematographer
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