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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?


Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




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


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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"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 »


[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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Alternate Versions

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Referenced in Ganja & Hess (1973) See more »


The Old Spinning Wheel
(1933) (uncredited)
by Billy Hill
Hummed by Mae Busch, with choral effect by Stan Laurel
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Who's Minding the Store?
13 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Stan and Ollie run an electrical shop (I'm sure they are stellar businessmen). Unfortunately, they have had previous dealings with the guy next door who runs a grocery store. Somehow the guy gets it into his head that Ollie has a thing for his wife (Mae Busch) and decides to start a war (a tit for tat kind of thing) with the boys. Soon they are trying to outdo one another in their cruel attacks. What is also going on is a man who goes into Stan and Ollie's store and starts stealing their stuff. At first he takes little things. As time goes by, he is utterly ignored because the parties are so involved in their discord. Soon he is hauling out huge amounts of stuff, using a wheelbarrow. The timing and interaction between these people is delightful and, as usual, things don't go well.

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5 January 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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