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The Flying Deuces (1939)

 -  Comedy  -  3 November 1939 (USA)
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Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper's daughter he's fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins ... See full summary »

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Francois
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Jean Del Val ...
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Crane Whitley ...
Corporal (as Clem Wilenchick)
James Finlayson ...
Jailor
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Storyline

Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper's daughter he's fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins the Legion, taking Stanley with him. Their bumbling eventually gets them charged with desertion and sentenced to a firing squad. They manage to escape in a stolen airplane, but crash after a wild ride. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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HERE'S HYSTERICAL HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Certificate:

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Release Date:

3 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flying Aces  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The harp music Stan plays in his cell is played by Harpo Marx, who apparently also coached Stan on imitating his fingerings. See more »

Goofs

The water pitcher changes position before and after Laurel slides the desk in front of the window. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Hey Stan... oh, Stan... over here...
Stanley: [Stan does a take - sees a horse in a pasture with Oliver's hat and mustache] Ollie... is it really you?
Oliver: [as horse] Of course it's me. Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into.
Stanley: Gee I'm glad to see you!
[scene fades, end of film]
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Referenced in Meet Me on the Southbank (2013) See more »

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Georgette Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by John Leipold and Milton Delugg
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Possibly Laurel and Hardy's Best Film
3 April 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

THE FLYING DEUCES is a unique L&H movie in a lot of ways. For one thing, it's the only film they made away from Hal Roach that is worth seeing. It is also unique that none of their regular writers worked on the film, yet it practically is the best work they ever did. The short films like TWO TARS, BIG BUSINESS, HOG WILD, HELPMATES, and THE MUSIC BOX are considered contenders for the title of best L&H film of all time, as are the features FRA DIAVOLO, SONS OF THE DESERT, and WAY OUT WEST. However, I honestly think that for the modern viewer trying to get laughs from one of their pictures, THE FLYING DEUCES offers more than any other. Bottom line-enjoy this picture. In it, the Boys join the Foreign Legion. Every minute's a laugh.


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