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Flying Elephants (1928)

Laurel & Hardy, in pre-historic times, vie for the hand of the same Stone Age beauty.

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Little Twinkle Star
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Mighty Giant
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Saxophonus
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Cavewoman
Dorothy Coburn ...
Gorgeous Wrestler
Viola Richard ...
Blushing Rose
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Blonde Cavewoman
Budd Fine ...
Hulking Caveman
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Hulking Caveman
Leo Willis ...
Fisherman
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It's the Stone Age, and the king has declared that all eligible males must marry within 24 hours. The wizard Saxophonus has a terrible toothache and an unmarried daughter, Blushing Rose. Meanwhile, an enormous stranger comes into the area looking for a wife, but is rebuffed at his first few attempts. Little Twinkle Star is also looking for romance, and he takes an interest in Blushing Rose. Written by Snow Leopard

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12 February 1928 (USA)  »

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Were Women Always Wild?  »

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Edna Marion appears in publicity stills for this film, but her scenes were sadly cut prior to the film's release. See more »

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After Laurel clubs the second fish in the water, his club floats away; he suddenly has it back again when he tries for a third fish. See more »

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Caveman Comedy
2 March 2010 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Although both Stan and Ollie appear in this stone-age comedy, it isn't really a Laurel & Hardy film, because there's no sense yet of the boys working as a comedy partnership. They're simply a couple of stock comics Hal Roach decided to put together in a film. I believe Stan and Ollie appeared together in a number of films for Roach before he twigged to what a comedy goldmine he had on his hands.

Flying Elephants isn't a particularly funny comedy, although it does have a couple of amusing moments. It's decreed that any single man not married within 24-hours will be banished or killed – or both. So Stan and Ollie both go out, club in hand, to snare themselves a woman. Although stone age women seem to be in plentiful supply – everywhere you look there's one of them lounging around on a rock waiting to be picked up – both boys have trouble bagging one for themselves and end up going after the same woman – who just happens to be the daughter of James Finlayson, the victim here of a raging toothache.

The film is enlivened by some amusing special effects which, of course, look incredibly creaky today, but which also add a measure of charm to the proceedings. Stan probably makes more of an impression with his effeminate skipping and shaggy blonde wig, and it's interesting to see the gradual evolution of what would become the movie's greatest comedy duo.


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