Big Businessis a 1929 silent Laurel and Hardy comedy short subject directed by James W. Horne and supervised by Leo McCarey from a McCarey (uncredited) and H. M. Walker script. The film was deemed culturally significant and entered into the United States National Film Registry in 1992.
Stan and Ollie play door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen in California . They end up getting into an escalating feud with grumpy would-be customer James Finlayson , with his home and their car being destroyed in the melee. A police officer steps in to stop the fight and negotiates a peaceful resolution. Stan and Ollie give the homeowner a cigar as a peace offering. However, as the pair make their escape, the trick cigar promptly explodes in his face.