Them Thar Hills

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Them Thar Hills
L&H Them Thar Hills 1934.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byCharley Rogers
Produced byHal Roach
Written byStan Laurel
H.M. Walker
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Mae Busch
Charlie Hall
Billy Gilbert
Music byBilly Hill (song "The Old Spinning Wheel")
Marvin Hatley
Leroy Shield
CinematographyArt Lloyd
Edited byBert Jordan
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 21, 1934 (1934-07-21)
Running time
20 min 28 sec
CountryUnited States

Them Thar Hills is a 1934 short comedy film directed by Charley Rogers and 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 arrives and asks 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 (which happens to also be the name of the "sequel" film). 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.


Stan Laurel ...... Stan
Oliver Hardy ...... Ollie
Mae Busch ...... Mrs. Hall
Charley Hall ...... Mr. Hall
Richard Alexander ...... moonshiner
Eddie Baker ...... officer
Bobby Burns ...... officer
Baldwin Cooke ...... officer
Bobby Dunn ...... moonshiner
Billy Gilbert ...... doctor
Sam Lufkin ...... moonshiner


  1. ^ "Them Thar Hills (1934)". imdb. Retrieved 31 January 2017

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