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Release Date:
12 December 1931 (USA) See more »
Love comes: Mr. Hardy is at last conscious of the grand passion -- Mr. Laurel isn't even conscious of the Grand Canyon.
Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Not the funniest but one of the best written Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts. See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Stan

Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
James W. Horne ... Chief of the Riff Raff (as Abdul Kasim K'Horne)

Charles Middleton ... Commandant
Broderick O'Farrell ... Fort Arid Commander (as Broderick O'Farrel)
Harry Schultz ... Captain Schultz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Bletcher ... New Recruit #11 (uncredited)
Baldwin Cooke ... New Recruit (uncredited)
Gordon Douglas ... Fort Arid Legionnaire (uncredited)
Dick Gilbert ... New Recruit (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... New Recruit #13 (uncredited)

Jean Harlow ... Jeanie Weenie - in Photo (uncredited)
Marvin Hatley ... Riffian (uncredited)
Jack Hill ... Riffian (uncredited)
Ham Kinsey ... New Recruit (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... New Recruit (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Riffian (uncredited)
Oscar Morgan ... New Recruit (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Legion Officer (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Legionnaire / Arab Soldier (uncredited)
Buster Wiles ... Arab (uncredited)
Leo Willis ... New Recruit (uncredited)

Directed by
James W. Horne 
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (dialogue)

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Marvin Hatley (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd (photographed by)
Jack Stevens (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier  (as Richard Currier)
Sound Department
Elmer Raguse .... sound
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (1936 re-release) (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
Louis Van der Ecker .... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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37 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:S (1947) | Germany:o.Al. | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/6 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Cameo: [Marvin Hatley]a Riffian.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The first time in the barracks, as the camera dollies in, the gun rack is noticeably pulled aside.See more »
[There's a knock at the door. Stan picks up the phone]
Ollie:What are you doing?
Stan:There's somebody knocking on the phone.
Ollie:See? That's levity.
Stan:Hello, Mr. Levity?
Ollie:Answer the door! "Mr. Levity". Mmph!
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not the funniest but one of the best written Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts., 6 September 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Can you even call this a comedy short? The movie is nearly 40 minutes long and it actually features a plot line. Anyway, short or long feature, this movie is a well written and directing one which makes this movie a very enjoyable and comical great movie.

After once again being letdown in love, Oliver Hardy signs up with the Foreign Legion to forget his problems. Of course he drags Stan Laurel along with him. Once joined, they get into the middle of a battle between the Foreign Legion troops and a tribe of Arabs. This plot line doesn't sound unfamiliar for the Laurel & Hardy fans, since this theme is used in a dozen of other Laurel & Hardy pictures. Still "Beau Hunks" is a original movie on its own, mainly because its a well written and directed one.

The movie has some really great and comical dialog. It doesn't rely so much on its slapstick humor but that doesn't mean this movie is any less fun than other Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts.

Also its action and scale is quite nice which helps to make this movie one of the most impressively good looking shorts.

The acting is great. Of course Laurel & Hardy are great as ever and so is the impressing Charles Middleton, who still is best known for playing Emperor Ming in the Flash Gordon movies from the '30's. Also fun was to see Jean Harlow as the woman in the picture, who is a important returning element in the movie. It's nice to see the boys paying homage to the then already famous Jean Harlow, with who they worked together in the silent comedy short "Double Whoopee". Director James W. Horne also plays a small part in the movie. The only Laurel & Hardy movie in which he appears as an actor. The movie is further more filled with a whole bunch of Laurel & Hardy regulars in bit parts such as Baldwin Cooke, Charlie Hall, Jack Hill, among others.

A very well made that also is fun to watch as well. Highly recommendable!


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