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A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short. Poor Ollie is suffering
painfully from gout. His doctor advises rest, country air &
of fresh water. So the Boys rent a trailer and head up
THEM THAR HILLS. Picking a quiet spot, they are unaware
the well has been tainted with many barrels of bootleg
Drinking the water while fixing their dinner, they quickly
become inebriated. They are suddenly visited by a bickering
couple who've run out of gas. Playing host to the wife, Stan
Ollie share their water with her and she is roisteringly drunk
the time her husband returns...
This is a very funny little film & should be seen in conjunction with its follow-up, TIT FOR TAT. The slapstick fight between the Boys & Charley Hall, as the furious husband, is hilarious. Mae Busch is the wife; film mavens will recognize Billy Gilbert as the doctor.
Them Thar Hills is another favorite Laurel and Hardy episode of mine. In
this one, Stan and Ollie go out into the country for Ollie's health. Along
the way they encounter a fun loving wife (Mae Busch) and her exasperated
husband (Charlie Hall), and they get drunk on some wishing well water that
had been contaminated with alcohol by moonshiners.
The funniest part in this episode was when Stan and Ollie retaliate against Charlie Hall! Laurel and Hardy were both ingenious when it came to making episodes and movies, Stan Laurel had taken any gag he used and made it be extremely funny! Also, the way they played off each other in this episode and others were absolutely impressive. That's what made L&H so exquistite, comedy-wise. In fact, Laurel and Hardy are my second favorite comedy team of yesteryear!
Also, Charlie Hall was a great L&H regular, too! And the fun doesn't stop there! After you see Them Thar Hills, watch the bonus sequel Tit for Tat! Both episodes are a can't-miss for Laurel and Hardy fans!
Stan and Ollie hire a trailer and go for a camping trip to the remote
countryside , get accidentally drunk ( It can happen you know ) and that`s
basically it as far as the threadbare plot goes . However the film feels
more cohesive than some of the other L & H shorts which are sometimes a
series of set piece prat falls with little regard to the over all plot .
There`s also a very memorable ditty that goes
La la la lala lala la la la
Which will disappear into your head and then reappear in your memory sometime in the future and will have you scratching your head asking " Where does that song come from ? "
Just like everyone else on this page I liked THEM THAR HILLS but wouldn`t say it`s the greatest ever L & H short . In fact I wouldn`t even say it`s the greatest short featuring Mr and Mrs Hall because the sequel TIT FOR TAT released the following year is even better
This is a good Laurel & Hardy short comedy, with one particularly hilarious sequence. With Ollie suffering from too much high living, the two take a trip to the country to live the simple life for a while, but instead they find themselves getting into one caper after another. After some adventures of their own, they encounter a pair of stranded motorists. Their extended squabble with Charlie Hall in the last part of the film is non-stop laughs, and one of their funniest sequences. That, and plenty of other laughs in the rest of the film, make "Them Thar Hills" one of the best-remembered Laurel & Hardy short features.
Stan and Ollie made a lot of shorts. So many that it's natural that
there would be some repetition of the gags. In this film, the formula
from their silent film BIG BUSINESS is repeated but this time with
Charley Hall. In fact, their fight with Hall was so successful, that it
was repeated a year later in TIT FOR TAT.
Basically, what happens is that a small slap or insult or whatever provokes a response from Laurel and Hardy. And, this escalates and builds until the end result is total destruction. In BIG BUSINESS, a house and a car were destroyed, in TIT FOR TAT, two businesses bit the dust. In this film, Charley Hall is angry because the boys unintentionally got his wife drunk--resulting in him being covered in molasses and feathers and Stan and Ollie having their mobile home destroyed. It's formula but it's a good and funny one at that.
Nothing super new, but done so well.
At home with a foot in plaster, Hardy is advised to cut out rich foot and
maybe take a trip to help relieve his pains. Laurel and Hardy set out for a
trip to the country on a sunny day and stumble across a building that had
been used as a hideout for a gang of moonshiners. Unbeknownst to Laurel and
Hardy, the moonshiners were forced to dump their alcohol into the well when
the police came, a fact that they only discover once they start using the
well water for cooking in.
A simple set up and simple execution leads to a very entertaining short in which Laurel and Hardy, well, get wasted! Their decline into a state of merry inebriation is funny to watch and leads to an amusing game of tit for tat while an angry husband takes a feathering while awaiting his chance for retribution. When Laurel says `jump in the well to put out the fire' I started laughing in expectation!
While the routines lack a real imagination (apart from that aforementioned scene) the film is well made and it is fun to watch the duo get hammered with hilarious results. Both men do well in the film with Hardy, as usual, carrying the brunt of the physical work. The support cast are both good but really it's Laurel and Hardy's show.
Overall this short doesn't have any one scene that really screams out as great (with the possible exception of the `jump in the well' scene) but it is good-natured and funny regardless.
Them Thar Hills, the story of Mr. Hardy needing good mountain climate,
Laurel agreeing, and together they set out "for the mountains" with a
camper behind them, and the radiator overflowing. Being told to drink
plenty of Mountain Water, they do so when they find a place with a well
drink as much water as possible; only what they don't know is that
moonshiners dumped their liquor into the well. So, slowly, the boys
drunk, and when Mae Bush and Charlie Hall come to ask for gas, Mae
drunk as well; resulting in one of their funniest tit-for-tat sequences.
The film has many of these hilarious moments, for instance, when Stan
to carry Ollie, but through a little mishap, winds up dumping himself and
Ollie in the bathtub! Also, while cooking and making everything ready
lunch, Ollie hums "The Old Spinning Wheel," and after a while, Stan gives
a good "Pum-Pum." This results in Ollie's hitting him over the head,
saying, "I'm singing this song!"
This is an excellent Laurel & Hardy short subject, one that is a must-see for every Laurel & Hardy Fan. What is also exciting, is that apart from being a good film, this short will be celebrating its 70th anniversary on July 21, its initial release into theatres and the world in 1934.
This is one of Laurel and Hardy's funniest two-reelers, thanks in particular to two memorable scenes. First is the delightful drunken party scene with Mae Busch, as the three are unaware that their well water has been spiked with moonshine. Finally, there is the outrageous "tit-for-tat" slapstick finale with Charlie Hall, as each character stands there allowing another character to commit some indignity upon them, calmly awaiting their chance to retaliate. The sequel, titled Tit For Tat, featured the same cast and formula, and is nearly as good.
Laurel and Hardy go on vacation in the mountains, only to have
everything go wrong (especially when a husband and wife arrive). As
always, Stan repeatedly makes a mess of everything and takes everything
literally, leaving Ollie irritated. The best part of "Them Thar Hills"
is the end.
Although not credited, the doctor at the beginning is played by Billy Gilbert, best known as minister of war Herring - a spoof of Hermann Göring - in "The Great Dictator" (you may remember the scene where Charlie Chaplin's Hynkel gets angry at him and starts tearing his clothes apart). Bobby Burns, who plays one of the officers, starred in a movie series in the 1910s called Pokes and Jabbs, in which a young Oliver Hardy - billed as Babe - starred before he and Laurel were a comedy team.
Anyway, it's not the funniest movie ever, but it's still a riot. I'll have to see the sequel.
Poor Ollie. Suffering from gout, his doctor recommends he go into the country and drink lots of water. Off he and Stan go, buying a trailer, and camping where there is a well. Perfect? Nope! Unbeknownst to them, it's Prohibition and some moonshiner, to keep from being caught, have dumped their illegal alcohol into the well. Also, who should come along, but a bickering couple, Mae Busch and Charlie Hall. Mae get tired of her crabby husband and goes over to the boy's camp where they share the "water." Of course, they get incredibly drunk. Soon Charlie gets angry and the men start to outdo each other in nastiness. We all know who's going to get the worst of it. These couples are going to reprise this stuff later. This whole episode is hilarious.
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