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The Flying Deuces (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 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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They dish out the dizziest rib-ride of the year! See more »

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Comedy | War

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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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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

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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Ku-Ku
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Played throughout as part of the score
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Possibly Laurel and Hardy's Best Film
3 April 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

THE FLYING DEUCES is a unique L&H movie in a lot of ways. For one thing, it's the only film they made away from Hal Roach that is worth seeing. It is also unique that none of their regular writers worked on the film, yet it practically is the best work they ever did. The short films like TWO TARS, BIG BUSINESS, HOG WILD, HELPMATES, and THE MUSIC BOX are considered contenders for the title of best L&H film of all time, as are the features FRA DIAVOLO, SONS OF THE DESERT, and WAY OUT WEST. However, I honestly think that for the modern viewer trying to get laughs from one of their pictures, THE FLYING DEUCES offers more than any other. Bottom line-enjoy this picture. In it, the Boys join the Foreign Legion. Every minute's a laugh.


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