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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




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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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 »


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 »


Stanley: How is Mr. Hardy?
Nurse Goodall: I believe he's convalescing.
Stanley: Alright, I wait 'til he gets through.
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Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »


Referenced in The Dancing Masters (1943) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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User Reviews

"You gave it to him to give to me.....you're all nuts!"
3 September 2003 | by dash-wortleySee all my reviews

Another fabulous short from Stan and Ollie, this time finding Ollie with money troubles, drawing his (and his wifes) savings from the bank to pay off their furniture! One thing leads to another, but I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it! Brilliant, and some of the lines in this movie are classic! 7.5/10

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Release Date:

16 March 1935 (USA) See more »

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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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