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Tit for Tat (1935)

 -  Comedy | Short | Family  -  5 January 1935 (USA)
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Stan & Ollie have set up their own electrical repair store. Unfortunately, for them, the grocery store opposite is run by the man & wife they encountered with in Them Thar Hills (1935). ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Mae Busch ...
Grocer's Wife
Charlie Hall ...
Mr. Hall - Grocer (as Charley Hall)


Stan & Ollie have set up their own electrical repair store. Unfortunately, for them, the grocery store opposite is run by the man & wife they encountered with in Them Thar Hills (1935). Stan & Ollie go and visit, to offer the hand of friendship, but the grocer soon becomes convinced that Ollie is trying to seduce his wife. The grocer takes his revenge first upon Stan & Ollie and then upon the goods in their shop, with the duo carrying out similar attacks on the grocer and his property. Written by Andy Davidson

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Comedy | Short | Family


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5 January 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the only Laurel and Hardy sequel: a follow-up to Them Thar Hills (1934). See more »


Oliver: I remember you!
Grocer: And I remember you too. Now get out of my store and stay out!
Oliver: Oh, don't be like that. Let bygones be bygones. Let's help each other. You have a business, and we have a business. We'll send people to your store, and you send people to our store. What do you say?
Grocer: You mind your business and I'll mind my business. Now get out before I throw you out!
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Follows Them Thar Hills (1934) See more »


The Old Spinning Wheel
(1933) (uncredited)
by Billy Hill
Hummed by Mae Busch, with choral effect by Stan Laurel
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7 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like another reviewer, I saw "Tit for Tat" shortly after viewing "Them Thar Hills," (a crackerjack short in its own right) and was pleasantly surprised to see Busch and Hall back as the same characters; I didn't realize that this was a sequel until Stan referred to meeting them in the hills.

"Tit for Tat" is essentially a simple, one-joke outing. But, much like "The Music Box", Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy wring every last possible laugh out of the situation. Their battle with grocer Charley Hall starts small, but doesn't stay small for long.

There's no need to see "Hills" before this one; the story really can stand alone...but is enhanced if you know about the previous antics.

Other reviewers had remarked about Ollie's rather salacious-sounding comment to Mae Busch. Oddly enough, the Hays (censorship) code was in effect at the time; it was one of the reasons that Betty Boop ended up with collared, long-hem/long-sleeve dresses. Pre-Code, Ollie's remark wouldn't have been noticed. But with censorship rules in place, I too, am surprised that the line was kept in.

Superior work from all involved makes "Tit for Tat" one of my favorite Stan and Ollie films.

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