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The Flying Deuces (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 3 November 1939 (USA)
Ollie has fallen in love with the innkeeper's daughter in Paris. The only problem - she's very much in love with her husband. To forget her he joins the Foreign Legion with Stan. Bad idea.


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




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


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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TOGETHER AGAINS!...In the biggest laugh show of their careers! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 22, 1944) See more »


Comedy | War


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


The position of the towels on the towel rack in Laurel & Hardy's room changes when Stan is under the low ceiling. See more »


[last lines]
Oliver: Hey, Stan! Look! I'm over here.
[Stan does a take - sees a horse in a pasture with Ollie's hat and mustache]
Oliver: Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into.
Stanley: Ollie, is that really you?
Oliver: [as horse] Of course, it's me.
Stanley: Gee, I'm glad to see ya!
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Featured in Age of Love: Episode #1.5 (2007) See more »


Georgette Waltz
Music by John Leipold and Milton Delugg
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy vehicle filled with tons of sight gags
24 June 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Olli is broken heart when aware which Georgett(Jean Parker), a beautiful girl, is already married to officer Francois(Reginald Gardner). Oliver is depressed and attempts to commit suicide in river Seine, taking Stan Laurel with him. But the newspapers publicize : ¡ famous men-eating shark escapes, ferocious fish battles keeper in Paris Aquarium, believed at large in Seine, boaters, swimmers, Beware! . Later they enlist the French Foreign Legion commanded by a stiff commandant(Charles Middleton). Of course, the comic pair cause wreak havoc wherever they go . Their botchers lead them charges of desertion and condemned to death penalty. They're imprisoned but receive a letter in the jail saying the following : ¨ Lift up floor board and you'll find a tunnel which leads to the outer wall use your own judgement, a pal ¨. Hilarity ensues when they try to escape and avoid a firing squad.

Zany comedy seeing the misfit couple in all kinds of troubles involving French Legion. This entertaining Laurel and Hardy recital provides too much amusement in detailing the duo's exploits in Foreign Legion . Lots of physical comedy and hilarious dialogue including some musical interlude . Furthermore sympathetic introduction of fantastic elements as when Oliver Hardy's reincarnation as a horse . Comical and spectacular final flying is one of the film's highlights. Based on screenplay and sketches written by the comic Harry Langdon, among others. ¨Flying deuces¨ is well directed by Edward Sutherland. He was producer, director , actor and one the original Keystone Kops. He began in films as an actor for Mack Sennett , turning filmmaker and usually worked for W. C. Fields.

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3 November 1939 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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