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Thicker Than Water (1935)

Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... See full summary »

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James W. Horne
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Daphne Pollard ... Mrs. Daphne Hardy
James Finlayson ... Auction Manager
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Storyline

Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing the dishes, Stanley convinces Oliver to withdraw the family savings and buy the furniture outright. But they accidentally squander it at an auction, purchasing a grandfather clock which gets smashed on the way home. Mrs. Hardy's reaction sends Oliver to the hospital, where a blood transfusion from Stanley produces confusing results. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aki másnak licitál, maga esik bele See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A cinematic device was used in this short that is either extremely rare or might even be unique to this film. For the major scene changes - from the Hardy home to the bank, or the transition to the hospital - as the actors were leaving one scene they grabbed the edge of the film, as it were, pulling it right-to-left as if it were a curtain, only the 'curtain' was the film for the next scene. At the end, they actually make reference to this trick. As they are leaving the hospital, Ollie - who has taken on Stan's mannerisms and dress due to a blood transfusion gone wrong - says, "Wait a minute - I forgot something", whereupon he grabs the edge of the screen and drags it to the left, revealing "The End". See more »

Goofs

Daphne Pollard puts on her hat and coat walks into the living room without her coat then in the next scene she has it on again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Daphne Hardy: Mr. Finlayson, I owe you an apology.
Auction Manager: And thirty-seven dollars.
Mrs. Daphne Hardy: Then this money must belong to you.
[pays him]
Auction Manager: The next time, I want my payment without any detour. Ha. He gave it to you and you gave it to him and who gave it to what. You're all NUTS!
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Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Money Matters With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
31 May 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short.

Ollie is having money troubles. First, there's an insistent creditor. Then, there's the mix-up with Stan as to who owes what where. Next, Mrs. Hardy won't let him touch the $300 in their joint account. Finally, there's an expensive misunderstanding at an auction. Poor fellow! To top off his really bad day, an unexpected trip to the hospital proves that blood really is THICKER THAN WATER...

A very funny little film. Highlight: the `I gave it to him' routine. That's diminutive Daphne Pollard as Mrs. Hardy, James Finlayson as the furious furniture store owner & Charlie Hall as the bank teller.


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