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Flying Elephants (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 12 February 1928 (USA)
Laurel & Hardy, in pre-historic times, vie for the hand of the same Stone Age beauty.


Frank Butler, Hal Roach (uncredited)


Walter Lantz (gag writer), Hal Roach (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Little Twinkle Star
Oliver Hardy ... Mighty Giant


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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Did You Know?


Laurel and Hardy do not appear onscreen together until 17:24 of the 21-minute running time. See more »


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 »

Alternate Versions

There is a cut down version on Super 8mm under the title " In olden times" Released by Fletcher Films See more »


Featured in Silent Clowns: Laurel and Hardy (2006) See more »

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Laurel and Hardy in the stone age
11 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

After a string of short films that saw the duo in the right direction, where there was more than before of the partnership (though not yet fully formed) and Hardy had more to do and became funnier and more interesting than in his earlier work, 'Flying Elephants' is very watchable but a bit disappointing. Not a misfire ('25 Minutes from Hollywood' was the misfire really for me of the previous outings) and not quite a step backwards, but not really a sign of things moving forward.

Laurel is great fun with great comic timing and Hardy also scores highly. There are a fair few amusing moments, it moves efficiently and there is a nice enough charm. The rest of the cast are solid, and the whole cast blend with the stone age setting very well.

'Flying Elephants' doesn't look too bad, do quite like the broadly rendered setting. The inter-titles dialogue is anachronistic but appealingly so.

On the other hand, the story is non-existent and there are instances of over-stretching. There is a lack of refinement in the storytelling, where it's a bit disorganised, and the effects are charming enough but also on the creaky side.

Also found for my liking that things do get a bit too silly and over the top, even for the broad setting. While Laurel and Hardy perform very well individually, they spend too much time apart and there is nowhere near enough of them together.

Concluding, nice and amusing but not near one of the best representations of the legendary duo. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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12 February 1928 (USA) See more »

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Were Women Always Wild? See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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