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Tit for Tat (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Short, Family | 5 January 1935 (USA)
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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(as Charles Rogers)
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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). 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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Policeman: [breaks up a fight between Stan, Ollie and Charlie] Just a minute. Don't you think this thing has gone far enough? Who started this anyway?
Oliver: [he and Stan point to Charlie] He did.
Grocer: I did not.
Oliver: Why he did too. Why this little upstart, in the presence of my friend, slandered my character, for which I demanded an apology. He refused to give it, hence this petty little argument.
Policeman: Slandered your character?
Stanley: Yes, sir. He filtered his good name, didn't he?
Policeman: Filtered his good name?
Oliver: Why you know what he did? He...
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Connections

Follows Them Thar Hills (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
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Sung a capella a bit by Stan Laurel and later by Oliver Hardy with slightly modified lyrics.
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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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