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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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Corporal (as Clem Wilenchick)
James Finlayson ...
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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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They dish out the dizziest rib-ride of the year! See more »

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3 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flying Aces  »

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(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

In this movie, set in 1939, the Legionnaires are shown wearing the blue and white uniform that was discarded during World War I. See more »

Quotes

[Stan and Ollie have just heard that they will be executed the next day]
Oliver: Shot at sunrise!
Stanley: I hope it's cloudy tomorrow!
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Referenced in The Great Race (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Shine On, Harvest Moon
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Nora Bayes
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Sung by Oliver Hardy and danced by both he and Stan Laurel
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Decent Laurel & Hardy Feature With Some Fine Moments
13 October 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

It's pretty hard to sustain the Laurel and Hardy brand of humor for a full-length picture, but "Flying Deuces" does so pretty well. Not all of it maintains the pace or the level of their best short features, but there some good scenes and some fine moments that reflect the comic duo near the peak of their form.

The story tries to squeeze as much as possible from Stan and Ollie joining the Foreign Legion in order to help Ollie forget his troubles. Though there is plenty of action and a variety of settings, the best scenes are still the ones with the two of them by themselves, when their timing and teamwork can take over. The rest of the cast, and some of the settings, are mostly there only to nudge the plot along from time to time.

Aside from a handful of slow stretches, most of it is good entertainment. There's more than enough to make it worth seeing for fans of Laurel and Hardy.


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