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Tit for Tat (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Short, Family | 5 January 1935 (USA)
After the events in Them Thar Hills (1934), Stan and Ollie encounter their old nemesis whose grocery shop is next to their home appliances store. Unable to let bygones be bygones, a war breaks out. Will those tit-for-tat battles ever end?

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Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Hall
Charlie Hall ... Mr. Hall (as Charley Hall)
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Storyline

Stan & Ollie have set up their own electrical repair store. Unfortunately, for them, the grocery store opposite is run by the man & wife they encountered with in Them Thar Hills (1935). Stan & Ollie go and visit, to offer the hand of friendship, but the grocer soon becomes convinced that Ollie is trying to seduce his wife. The grocer takes his revenge first upon Stan & Ollie and then upon the goods in their shop, with the duo carrying out similar attacks on the grocer and his property. Written by Andy Davidson

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1930s | store | 30s | shop | electrical | See All (70) »

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Comedy | Short | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tit for Tat 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 second of two Laurel & Hardy shorts to receive an Oscar nomination. The first was for The Music Box (1932), which won the award that year. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oliver: Good morning officer.
Policeman: Good morning. Well, open for business, eh?
Oliver: Yes, sir. We would have opened yesterday; but, my partner had a nervous breakdown.
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Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
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Sung a capella a bit by Stan Laurel and later by Oliver Hardy with slightly modified lyrics.
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very familiar material but still great fun
21 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Those who have seen a lot of Laurel and Hardy will most likely see that this movie isn't especially original. The plot involving an argument gone awry with the neighboring shop keeper is very reminiscent of their silent film, BIG BUSINESS except in this case they are arguing and becoming VERY destructive with Charlie Hall instead of James Finlayson AND there is the plot element of the jealous husband that was added to TIT FOR TAT. But, despite this lack of originality, the movie is still great fun and it is absolutely wonderful watching the 3 men literally destroy each other's businesses over absolutely nothing! This movie is certainly a sight to behold as their behavior gets more and more and more out of control as the film progresses!


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