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Beau Hunks (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 12 December 1931 (USA)
Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »


James W. Horne


H.M. Walker (dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
James W. Horne ... Chief of the Riff Raff (as Abul Kasim K'Horne)
Charles Middleton ... Commandant
Broderick O'Farrell ... Fort Arid Commander (as Broderick O'Farrel)
Harry Schultz ... Captain Schultz


Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh discipline of the Commandant. On a long march to reinforce remote Fort Arid, the boys get lost in the sands, finally reaching the Fort only to find it besieged by the fearsome Riffs. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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A RIOT OF HOWLIMG, HILARIOUS FUN! (print ad - Lubbock Evening Journal - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 12, 1947 - all caps) See more »


Short | Comedy


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According to producer Hal Roach, this film was to have been only a two-reeler, but the comedy was expanded so well that he financed the movie at twice its proposed length. See more »


Ollie falls down on a piano, which smashes to bits (and is obviously an empty prop). When the camera cuts in closer, Ollie's stomach is suddenly covered with piano hammers and other bits from the interior of a real piano, none of which were there in the first shot. See more »


Commandant: Put them through their preliminary routine. We'll start whipping them into shape tomorrow.
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Crazy Credits

Cast list concludes with 3897 Arabs, 1921 Riffians and four native Swede guides. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was reissued in 1937 with a few cuts to comply with the 1934 Production Code, including a dialogue about fertilizer at the beginning. The 1937 version is the only one surviving, as the original cut was lost. See more »


Spoofed in De Buik Vol (2010) See more »


The Ideal of My Dreams
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Herbert Ingraham
Played on piano and Sung by Oliver Hardy
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Sons Of The Desert
15 December 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Stan and Ollie join the French Foreign Legion to forget Jean Harlow. Just like all the other recruits.

The Boys' first feature is supposed to have just grown like Topsy. Originally intended as a two-reeler, goes the story, there were too many good bits, so it became a very short feature: 37 minutes on four reels. Roach is said to have tried to sell it as a second feature, but it was too short.

Too short it may have been, but it certainly is funny. everyone wanted to get in on the act, with director James Horne and studio music supervisor Marvin Hatley have roles. But we come for Stan and Ollie, and there's no disappointment in them, with great gags, great comic reactions, and their child-like friendship in a story meant for the child in everyone.

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12 December 1931 (USA) See more »

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| (1931) (uncut) (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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