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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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Ralph Spence (original story), Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Jean Parker ... Georgette
Reginald Gardiner ... Francois
Charles Middleton ... Commandant
Jean Del Val ... Sergeant
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Corporal (as Clem Wilenchick)
James Finlayson ... Jailor
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying Aces See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The escaped shark's name is Gaston. See more »

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The luggage and suitcases carried by Laurel & Hardy and by Reginald Gardiner are obviously empty by the way they are carried so lightly. See more »

Quotes

Francois: Pardon me gentlemen, what seems to be the trouble?
Stanley: Well, if you don't mind, we're going to jump in the river.
Francois: But, why commit such a foolish action? Surely, your troubles can't be as bad as all that.
Stanley: Well, that's what I've been trying to tell him.
[points to Ollie]
Stanley: All because he fell in love with a dame. Now, isn't the silly?
Francois: No woman is worth that.
Stanley: I should say not.
Oliver: You haven't seen her. If you knew her as I know her...
Francois: I understand. But, don't you get, there are plenty more fish in the sea.
[...]
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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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Decent Laurel & Hardy Feature With Some Fine Moments
13 October 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

It's pretty hard to sustain the Laurel and Hardy brand of humor for a full-length picture, but "Flying Deuces" does so pretty well. Not all of it maintains the pace or the level of their best short features, but there some good scenes and some fine moments that reflect the comic duo near the peak of their form.

The story tries to squeeze as much as possible from Stan and Ollie joining the Foreign Legion in order to help Ollie forget his troubles. Though there is plenty of action and a variety of settings, the best scenes are still the ones with the two of them by themselves, when their timing and teamwork can take over. The rest of the cast, and some of the settings, are mostly there only to nudge the plot along from time to time.

Aside from a handful of slow stretches, most of it is good entertainment. There's more than enough to make it worth seeing for fans of Laurel and Hardy.


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