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Thicker Than Water (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 16 March 1935 (USA)
After an endless cycle of dish washing, Ollie makes a withdrawal, ending up in the hospital after buying a grandfather clock. Only a generous blood transfusion can help him bounce back; however, is modern medicine prepared for the outcome?


James W. Horne


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


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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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

16 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thicker Than Water See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mrs. Hardy is played by Daphne Pollard. Silent-screen actor Snub Pollard was also famous at around that time, and starred with contemporary film-actors of Laurel and Hardy; he also worked under Hal Roach, who made many of Laurel and Hardy's films. Daphne Pollard was no relation to Snub, but it is an interesting coincidence for a L&H film to have another actor with this same unusual last name. See more »


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 »


Ollie: Well, here's another fine kettle of fish you've pickled me in.
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Alternate Versions

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(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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The Blame Game.
24 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Laurel And Hardy

Infamous for their witty sense of humor that whips you around for both, their verbal sparrings and physical sequences, this comedy duo has managed to entertain and inspire millions of viewers and comedians for their own personality and nothing else. The type of characters that they have shined their lights on, may not resonate on terms of their characteristics with you, but can easily be communicated by their deeds. And performing such simplistic persona, Laurel and Hardy has spoken a lot of the society that they resided at that era and the betterment that they seek at the end of it. Laurel using his body language often has the torch in his hand, he is a type-of-bully natured towards Hardy but in a brotherly way, he also plays the smarter cookie between them, the one who is more is touch with practicality. Hardy, on the other hand, has its own rhythm to beat, he lives on his own imagination, he is more emotionally fueled and often the butt of the joke. Teaming up for ensuing chaos for themselves, the writing has always explored the nature of a being, to its best and is its primary armor to draw in the dramatic impact on their audience. Their knack of animating themselves on the gags; something that comes up when they are deep into it and have been exaggerating for a while, doesn't come off as they anticipate every time.

Thicker Than Water

There isn't much physical comedy in here since the concept completely relies upon it's ironical theme and marital issues. Still, this is Laurel and Hardy, they do start with an incredible gag of them cleaning the dishes. While the rest of the part is, as mentioned before more verbal, like the ramblings of confusion of who paid whom and a competitive battle of winning the auction and the personality switch in the end. In this act, the other supporting cast merely works as a pawn which factor in on its standards a bit.

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