Directed by James W. Horne, Leo McCarey. With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Charlie Hall. Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps. Laurel and Hardy are two Christmas tree sales reps who get into their usual mutual fights with a homeowner. These early silent films of Laurel and Hardy. Big Business is a silent Laurel and Hardy comedy short subject directed by James W. Horne and supervised by Leo McCarey from a McCarey (uncredited).