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Them Thar Hills (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 21 July 1934 (USA)
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »

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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 and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample their 'healthy' mountain water. Mr Hall, who has left his wife with the boys while he refuels his car is not amused at his wife's condition when he returns. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les joyeux compères See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The tune Oliver Hardy is humming in the trailer is "The Old Spinning Wheel." See more »

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When Ollie and Stan park their trailer in the hills and decide to have beans and coffee for dinner, Ollie sets up a table and spreads a tablecloth. The cloth is checkered with a wide lighter-colored stripe on two edges. Ollie spreads the cloth with the lighter-colored edges on the end of the table toward the camera. Once their lady visitor arrives, the stripes at the ends of the table aren't seen any more, only the checkered pattern. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Laurel: Why don't we get one of those trailers to hook on the back of your car. Much better than sleeping in a tent. The flies wouldn't bother us...
Ollie Hardy: Can you take one of those things into the mountains?
Stanley Laurel: Sure, right up in the high multitude. What do you think?
Ollie Hardy: We can't afford to buy one of those trailers.
Stanley Laurel: We don't have to buy one, we could rent one. I know a fellow who's got one for rent and we could get it for next to nothing. I'll bet if we pay cash we get it less than that.
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Followed by Tit for Tat (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Spinning Wheel
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Hill
Hummed by Oliver Hardy, with choral effects by Stan Laurel
Later Hummed by Mae Busch
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One of their Funniest Shorts
14 January 2004 | by JoeErnieSee all my reviews

Them Thar Hills, the story of Mr. Hardy needing good mountain climate, Mr. Laurel agreeing, and together they set out "for the mountains" with a small camper behind them, and the radiator overflowing. Being told to drink plenty of Mountain Water, they do so when they find a place with a well they drink as much water as possible; only what they don't know is that moonshiners dumped their liquor into the well. So, slowly, the boys become drunk, and when Mae Bush and Charlie Hall come to ask for gas, Mae becomes drunk as well; resulting in one of their funniest tit-for-tat sequences. The film has many of these hilarious moments, for instance, when Stan tries to carry Ollie, but through a little mishap, winds up dumping himself and Ollie in the bathtub! Also, while cooking and making everything ready for lunch, Ollie hums "The Old Spinning Wheel," and after a while, Stan gives in a good "Pum-Pum." This results in Ollie's hitting him over the head, saying, "I'm singing this song!"

This is an excellent Laurel & Hardy short subject, one that is a must-see for every Laurel & Hardy Fan. What is also exciting, is that apart from being a good film, this short will be celebrating its 70th anniversary on July 21, its initial release into theatres and the world in 1934.


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