Tit for Tat (film)

Tit for Tat
Directed by Charles Rogers
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Stan Laurel
Frank Tashlin
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Music by Leroy Shield
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Edited by Bert Jordan
Distributed by


DIC Entertainment (1990)
Release dates
  • January 5, 1935 (1935-01-05)
Running time
19' 36"
Country United States
Language English

Tit for Tat is a 1935 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. It was the only direct sequel they made, following the story of the previous year's Them Thar Hills. Tit for Tat was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film (Comedy), but did not win.[1] The film has similarities to the silent film Big Business (1929 film) and the sign in the electrical store's window "Open for Big Business" points to the escalating revenge chaos common to both films.


Laurel and Hardy establish an electrical goods store next door to Charlie Hall's grocery store. Hall, still sulking and suspicious from their previous encounter with the liquor-spiked well-water in "Them Thar Hills", mistakenly thinks that Hardy is making advances towards his wife (Mae Busch), and destroys a few items in Stan and Ollie's shop. Stan and Ollie leave their shop, without closing their door, to wreak havoc in Hall's grocery; while they are there, a shoplifter (Bobby Dunn) removes items from their store, taking more and more as their confrontations with Hall escalate (at first he merely carries the items out by hand a few at a time, but then, having come and gone unhindered several times, boldly returns with a wheelbarrow). A policeman eventually comes and straightens out the brouhaha, but when Laurel and Hardy return to their store, there's nothing left: the shoplifter has returned a final time with a huge moving-van, and taken everything away.




  1. "The 8th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07.

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