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Flying Elephants (1928)

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Laurel & Hardy, in pre-historic times, vie for the hand of the same Stone Age beauty.

Directors:

Frank Butler, Hal Roach (uncredited)

Writers:

Hal Roach (story), H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Little Twinkle Star
Oliver Hardy ... Mighty Giant
James Finlayson ... Saxophonus
Edna Marion ... Cavewoman
Dorothy Coburn Dorothy Coburn
Viola Richard Viola Richard ... Blushing Rose
Fay Lanphier ... Blonde Cavewoman
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... Hulking Caveman
Tiny Sandford Tiny Sandford ... Hulking Caveman
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Fisherman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Stanley Arthur Stanley
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Storyline

It's the Stone Age, and the king has declared that all eligible males must marry within 24 hours. The wizard Saxophonus has a terrible toothache and an unmarried daughter, Blushing Rose. Meanwhile, an enormous stranger comes into the area looking for a wife, but is rebuffed at his first few attempts. Little Twinkle Star is also looking for romance, and he takes an interest in Blushing Rose. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Were Women Always Wild? See more »

Filming Locations:

Moapa, Nevada, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A mixture of live action and animation (the elephants). See more »

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After Laurel clubs the second fish in the water, his club floats away; he suddenly has it back again when he tries for a third fish. See more »

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Featured in Dinosaur Movies (1993) See more »

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Flying Elephants is an early Laurel & Hardy comedy in which their standard characteristics haven't been formed yet
2 August 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After years of reading about this early Laurel & Hardy short in Randy Skretvedt's "Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies", I finally managed to watch this Stone Age-set comedy on Hulu as linked from IMDb. Unlike their later classic work, here Stan and Ollie aren't together much and when they are, they're fighting over a girl they want to marry. As Skretvedt said in the book: "They appear to be as much of a team as Popeye and Bluto." Still they, and James Finlayson, provide much laughs whether hitting each other (or anybody else) on the heads or doing some kind of face dance. I also liked it when Stan landed on a cactus. So on that note, Flying Elephants is worth a look if you're an L & H completist. P.S. The stunning woman playing the girl-Viola Richard-was from Lafayette in my current home state of Louisiana. The title refers to Ollie's talking to another female about elephants flying to the South this time of year as we see just that after he mentions it. That animation was provided by Roy Seawright in his first of many accomplishments at the Hal Roach studio. And this was the last L & H short distributed by the Pathe Exchange as Roach could no longer tolerate the movie company's inept distribution methods. He'd eventually choose M-G-M for his future dealings.


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