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

Jean Parker, who played Oliver Hardy's "love interest" in this picture, played his daughter in Zenobia (1939) the same year. 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

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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Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

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Georgette Waltz
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Music by John Leipold and Milton Delugg
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The Best of Ollie and Stan
8 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My favorite Laurel and Hardy film. Many memorable bits in this charming and funny movie. Perhaps the best comedy duo ever, they breeze thru their routines and yet still have fun. Remarkable. Their stuff never seems old. Here they join the Foreign Legion after a failed suicide attempt over Ollie's broken heart. Fast paced film takes them from Paris to Algeria (I guess) where they get insulted over the pay--3 cents a day. My favorite bit it the incongruous song and dance to "Shine on Harvest Moon." It makes NO sense whatever but it's wonderful---a total surprise. Jean Parker (why did she not become a big star?), Reginald Gardner, James Finlayson, and Charles Middleton co-star. Hilarious sight gags and funny bits. Stan Laurel won a special Oscar in 1960; Oliver Hardy died in 1957 and remains one of the most underrated comics in film history. Also love this team in their talkie debut in Hollywood Revue of 1929.


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