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Tit for Tat (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Short, Family | 5 January 1935 (USA)
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). ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Stan
... Ollie
... Mrs. Hall
Charlie Hall ... Mr. Hall (as Charley Hall)
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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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Comedy | Short | Family

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1.37 : 1
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"Tit for Tat" was filmed entirely on a single elaborate set inside a sound stage at the Hal Roach studio. Part of a city block was created: a pair of adjoining two-story building facades, with the complete "interiors" of the L&H Electrical Co. and neighboring Hall's Grocery visible from the ground floor storefront windows and doors. This enabled the filmmakers to both stage the action in depth from the street level, as in a play, and to simply move the camera into the shops to develop the escalating "tit for tat" duel. The unusual set gave the film what Laurel & Hardy historian Randy Skretvedt called "a distinctive appearance, a more streamlined and stylish look". See more »

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Oliver: You wanna get us arrested before the customers arrive?
Stanley: What time will they be here?
Oliver: Well they'll be here about..."what time will they be here?" Why, customers come at any time!
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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 funny short, one of my favourites
1 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy open up an electrical hardware store and go to introduce themselves to the neighbouring grocery store owner only to find that it is Mr and Mrs Hall, whom they encountered previously on a mountain trip for health reasons. Mr Hall still has issues regarding his wife and Hardy. These issues boil over when Hardy inadvertently gets involved with her again leading to a battle of retribution between the two men. Meanwhile, no one is minding the store.

Having just seem `Them Thar Hills' the day before, the fact that this film followed on from that one was a pleasant surprise. The strongest part of that film was a `tit for tat' battle with Charlie Hall, Well, someone clearly agreed that this was funny, so the vast majority of this film is given over to a continuation of that battle – directly referring back to Them Thar Hills. The whole film is hilarious. Not only does the humour strike an imaginative chord but the calm `accept my punishment' style approach of the film makes it even funnier. There is also a great running joke each time the duo leave their store.

Laurel and Hardy do great work – both giving and receiving the blows. Charlie Hall is about as spot on as I've seen him in these shorts. Here he has a bigger character than he often does and he really works hard to thank the film for the part I guess. Busch has less to do and is really only the plot driver here.

Overall this short is one simple idea – a running battle between Laurel and Hardy and Mr Hall the grocer. It is wonderfully simple and wonderfully effective as it is hilarious from start to finish.


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