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The Flying Deuces (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 November 1939 (USA)
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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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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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 sketch of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in the first scene was drawn by Harry Langdon. See more »

Goofs

After Stanley helps Ollie out of the river, a shark swims by and rips Ollie's pants with its dorsal fin. After Ollie's pants are ripped, his bare buttocks can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: [watching a pair of airplanes doing acrobatics] I wonder what keeps them up?
Oliver: I don't know. But I do know what keeps me DOWN!
[firmly and deliberately taps his shoe on the pavement in front of him to indicate how safe and solid it is and how he never intends to let his feet leave the ground]
Stanley: Yes, sir - good old Terracotta Firma for me!
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Referenced in Meet Me on the Southbank (2013) See more »

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Georgette Waltz
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Music by John Leipold and Milton Delugg
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Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy Invite You To Join Them On A Little Adventure
18 July 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Hoping to forget Ollie's blighted love life, the Boys join the French Foreign Legion. Quickly spreading chaos, they soon find themselves sentenced to be shot. Making their escape, they unwittingly become THE FLYING DEUCES when they find themselves in a runaway airplane...

While not one of their classics, in their typical slapstick fashion Stan & Ollie make this a very enjoyable film to watch. By this point in their partnership, the Boys worked so well together that it was almost impossible to imagine one without the other. Highlights: Stan's Bedsprings Serenade, and a delightful little soft-shoe to `Shine On, Harvest Moon' (Ollie does the vocalizing).

Jean Parker & Reginald Gardiner supply the romantics, although they're given little to do. Old pros Charles Middleton as the Commandant, and James Finlayson as the Jailor are given a few moments to shine.


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