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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?

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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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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thicker Than Water See more »

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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

The $300 Stan and Ollie were out for the clock in 1935 would be worth $5,519.19 in 2018, adjusted for inflation. 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

Nurse Goodall: Oh Doctor, that Laurel and Hardy case.
Dr. F.D. Allen: What's the matter?
Nurse Goodall: Well, Mr. Laurel has passed out, sir. I'm afraid we've taken too much of his blood.
Dr. F.D. Allen: Well, reverse the operation: take some blood from Mr. Hardy and give it to Mr. Laurel.
Nurse Goodall: But that will get them all mixed up, sir.
Dr. F.D. Allen: What difference does it make? Do as I tell you!
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Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Laurel and Hardy
10 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Thicker Than Water (1935) ** 1/2 (out of 4) Laurel and Hardy waste $300 on a grandfather clock so Hardy's wife hits him with a frying pan and sends him to the hospital. Again, not too funny and the worst part is the ending where the two change personalities. This here should have been a lot funnier than it turned out.

One Good Turn (1931) ** 1/2 (out of 4) L&H set out to raise $100 when they overhear an elderly woman say she's going to be evicted. Not too many laughs in this one outside the opening sequence in the woods.

Leave 'Em Laughing (1928) ** 1/2 (out of 4) Laurel is suffering from a toothache so Hardy takes him to the dentist who accidentally fills them with laughing gas. The early gags of Hardy trying to pull the tooth are funny but the ending with the cars goes on a bit too long and gets rather tiresome.

They Go Boom! (1929) *** (out of 4) Hardy has a cold so it's up to Laurel to try and find a cure so that they can get a good night's sleep. Highlights include the mustard bath and the exploding mattress.


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