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Beau Hunks (1931)

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Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »

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Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh discipline of the Commandant. On a long march to reinforce remote Fort Arid, the boys get lost in the sands, finally reaching the Fort only to find it besieged by the fearsome Riffs. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Love comes: Mr. Hardy is at last conscious of the grand passion -- Mr. Laurel isn't even conscious of the Grand Canyon.

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Short | Comedy

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12 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beau Chumps  »

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Trivia

According to producer Hal Roach, this film was to have been only a two-reeler, but the comedy was expanded so well that he financed the movie at twice its proposed length. See more »

Goofs

The boys lose their rifles as they tumble down the sand dune, only to still have them in hand as they reach the bottom. See more »

Quotes

Commandant: You there, what is your number?
Stan: Hollywood-4368.
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Crazy Credits

Cast list concludes with 3897 Arabs, 1921 Riffians and four native Swede guides. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Flying Deuces (1939) See more »

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The Ideal of My Dreams
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Herbert Ingraham
Played on piano and Sung by Oliver Hardy
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Hal Roach's personal favorite
28 August 2002 | by (Burbank, California, USA) – See all my reviews

In 1980 I had the good fortune to be invited to the home of legendary motion picture producer HAL E. ROACH. I was there to show him a few films I made, hoping for some good advice. We talked about many things, including Laurel & Hardy.

I then asked Mr. Roach what his all-time favorite Laurel & Hardy film was. After a thoughtful pause, he replied: "BEAU HUNKS."

In 1939 BEAU HUNKS was remade as FLYING DEUCES (not by Roach) during a temporary lapse in the boys' contracts. The story must have been a favorite of theirs as well.

BEAU HUNKS is an odd length (37 minutes), not too long and not too short. A classic which stands alone as one of Laurel & Hardy's most inspired films. No spoilers in this review, but if you are an L&H fan, seek out Hal Roach's personal favorite and you'll be glad you did!


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