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Them Thar Hills (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 21 July 1934 (USA)
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »

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Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Hall
Charlie Hall ... Mr. Hall (as Charley Hall)
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Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample their 'healthy' mountain water. Mr Hall, who has left his wife with the boys while he refuels his car is not amused at his wife's condition when he returns. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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21 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les joyeux compères See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was popular enough to inspire the only sequel in the history of the Laurel & Hardy short subject franchise: Tit for Tat (1935), which received an Oscar nomination. See more »

Goofs

In the trailer, a plate of beans flies off just before Ollie's fist comes down. See more »

Quotes

Ollie Hardy: [drinking well water that bootleggers spiked with moonshine] Well, there's nothing wrong with this. It's the iron in it. That's the way *all* mountain water taste. That's why the doctor said drink plenty of it. Try some. It's good for your nerves.
Stanley Laurel: Isn't that funny.
Ollie Hardy: What?
Stanley Laurel: It tickles.
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Soundtracks

The Old Spinning Wheel
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Hill
Hummed by Oliver Hardy, with choral effects by Stan Laurel
Later Hummed by Mae Busch
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a lot of fun
20 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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.


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