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). ...
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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
"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 »
[Oliver is on the windowsill on the second story of a store]
What are you doing up there?
I'm waiting for a streetcar.
Where are you going?
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With a fine combination of both obvious and subtle laughs, "Tit For Tat" is one of the funniest Laurel & Hardy short comedies. It is a follow up to "Them Thar Hills", and it plays off of the memorable confrontation scene with Charlie Hall in the earlier movie - this time, Stan and Ollie open up an electrical supply store, only to find out that Charlie runs the grocery store next door. It doesn't take much for a full-scale battle to break out once again. It's very funny creative chaos - they make full use of the props in the two stores, and there is plenty of hilarious slapstick along with some more subtle humor (for example, watch for the running gag each time they go next door). Not to be missed for fans of these master comics.
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