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The Flying Deuces (1939)

Approved  |   |  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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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

The plane that does all the fancy flying at the end of this movie is a 1928 Travel Air 6000, better known to some as a Curtis-Wright 6-B (Curtis-Wright acquired the Travel Air company in 1931). It is an American plane, despite being painted in this movie with French roundels on the wings. See more »

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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

Oliver: Just how much do we get paid for all this?
Commandant: One hundred centimes a day.
Stanley: That's not bad...
Oliver: How much is that in American money?
Commandant: American money? About ten cents a day.
Oliver: If you think you're going to get that kind of work outta *me* for ten cents a day, brother, you're *crazy*.
Commandant: Is that right?
Stanley: That's right because we don't work for less than twenty-five cents a day! Do we, Ollie?
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Referenced in The Great Race (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Seitz
Played by Stan Laurel on a bedspring
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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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