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      Thicker Than Water

      Released Mar 16, 1935 21m Comedy List
      Reviews 65% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Oliver gets a blood transfusion from Stanley, with interesting results. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member This short film of the great comedic duo, clearly during their apex of exuberance and quality, has great comic writing by both Stan Laurel and Frank Tashlin, the latter of which utilized that mayhem early in his career with great 'Looney Tunes' cartoons and then later in live-action laugh-o-ramas starring the likes of Jerry Lewis (himself a great Laurel enthusiast) and Jayne Mansfield. This shouldn't be missed by any fans of great comedy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Ollie shows buddy Stan who is in charge in his household by taking all his money out of the bank behind his wife's back and going furniture shoppings. Of course, things don't go smoothly, and from then on a series of hilarious unfortunate events even lead them to a near death experience. The storyline of this Laurel and Hardy short is a bit random, but the duo makes it work well and even ends on a very funny gag where, after a blood transfusion, they mould into each other. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Fairly average Laurel and Hardy, pretty predictable capers with a memorable ending when Stan and Oli have a blood transfusion ending with them swicthing body shapes. Nothing to rave about here though. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member The money that you gave to him, to give to me to pay him! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Mike M While preserving the most casual air - there's a lovely tableau of Stan and Ollie just lolling around upon their return from the shopping expedition, and it segues effortlessly from parlour to auction house to hospital waiting room - it introduces new, almost medical notes on the leads, from Ollie's sucker genes ("As a Southener, chivalry is my middle name") to Stan's understandably extreme blood pressure. Almost impossible to see how an early exchange of money will pay off in the inspired final gag - a bit of body-swap business that doubtless chuffed the Surrealists no end - but it's there nonetheless, and director Horne even throws in a spot of very early postmodernism in Stan and Ollie's dragging the scene changes across personally - because once you've broken everything else in sight, you may as well break the frame. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/11 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Oliver gets a blood transfusion from Stanley, with interesting results.
      Director
      James W. Horne
      Producer
      Hal Roach
      Screenwriter
      Stan Laurel, Frank Tashlin
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Hal Roach Studios Inc.
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 16, 1935, Original
      Runtime
      21m