Them Thar Hills

Them Thar Hills

Theatrical poster
Directed by Charley Rogers
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Stan Laurel
H.M. Walker
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Mae Busch
Charlie Hall
Billy Gilbert
Music by Billy Hill (song "The Old Spinning Wheel")
Marvin Hatley
Leroy Shield
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Edited by Bert Jordan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • July 21, 1934 (1934-07-21)
Running time
20' 28"
Country United States
Language English

Them Thar Hills (1934) is a short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. The film was so well received by audiences that it generated the sequel, Tit for Tat (1935).


At the advice of a doctor (Billy Gilbert), Stan and Ollie travel to the mountains in order for Ollie to recover from gout. They park their travel trailer near a deserted cabin recently occupied by a gang of moonshiners who had been ousted by Prohibition authorities; the moonshiners, attempting to hide the evidence, had dumped their brew into the well, which Stan and Ollie now proceed to drink from, thinking that it is healthy mountain water ("that odd taste is just the natural iron in the water").

A motorist couple who have run out of petrol arrive and ask for help. While the irritable and overbearing husband (played by familiar nemesis Charlie Hall) walks back to his car with Stan's spare can of petrol, the man's wife (Mae Busch), appreciating the boys' affable and respectful manners as a refreshing relief from her husband's crabby belligerence, willingly joins the boys for supper and ladlefuls of the "mountain water". The husband returns with the car to find that the three are all roaring drunk, and his anger at Stan and Ollie triggers a "tit for tat" sequence at the end. It culminates with the wrecking of the camper, Hall being tarred with molasses and feathered, and with a toilet-plunger stuck to his forehead. Ollie then jumps into the well because his trousers are on fire. The alcohol in the water detonates, causing Ollie's explosive ejection, leaving him buried in the ground with his legs flailing in the final scene.


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