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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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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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The movie is at least a partial remake of Laurel & Hardy's four-reel comedy Beau Hunks. Charles Middleton plays a hostile camp commandant in both movies. See more »

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

Quotes

Oliver: Just how much do we get paid for all this?
Commandant: One hundred centimes a day.
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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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Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Hat's Off (2005) See more »

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The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Seitz
Played by Stan Laurel on a bedspring
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Ollie Gets His Wish
1 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw Swiss Miss and The Flying Deuces back to back and in doing so spotted what was wrong with Swiss Miss. It didn't need that whole operetta subplot, it just needed Stan and Ollie. Then watching The Flying Deuces I was completely convinced I was right.

What's wrong with The Flying Deuces is that it's made on the cheap as cost conscious Hal Roach always did it. But that's OK in a slapstick comedy, especially one that borders on the surreal.

The boys are on holiday in Paris, but Stan thinks it's about time they return back to their jobs in the fish market in Des Moines. But Ollie thinks he's in love, unfortunately to Jean Parker who is married to Reginald Gardiner.

Ollie is distraught on learning the news and wants to throw himself in the Seine and end his troubles and he wants Stan to share in the suicide as well. This sets up some very funny business and the selfsame Reginald Gardiner who doesn't know Ollie is sweet on Jean persuades them that the Foreign Legion is the place for them.

Of course upon arriving in North Africa, the Legion proves a bit much to their delicate sensibilities. Especially stern commander Charles Middleton who plays it as he would Ming the Merciless.

What's interesting in The Flying Deuces is that in most Laurel and Hardy films, dumb and dumber always flop no matter what they scheme. In this case they're still quite dumb, but the Legion is populated with a gang of 'tards that even they outwit. Especially old nemesis James Finlayson who plays a jailer.

Of course it all does flop in the end for the boys. But Ollie mentions that he does have a wish and in the end he gets his wish. And at the end he and Stan have quite the reunion.

And you'll have to see the very funny The Flying Deuces to know what I'm talking about.


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