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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.

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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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Comedy | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

On the set of this film, Oliver Hardy met his future wife, script supervisor Virginia Lucille Jones. See more »

Goofs

There's obviously a structure underneath the huge pile of laundry to make steps so Stan can climb up to the top. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Go back to the cell and get those tin plates.
Stanley: I don't want to go back to the cell.
Oliver: Will you hurry! This is our last chance.
Stanley: Why do I have to do everything? Always, me. Me. Me.
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Connections

Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Hats Off (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Georgette Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by John Leipold and Milton Delugg
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post-Hal Roach feature is sufficiently light and silly
10 December 2004 | by Alberto-7See all my reviews

This was Laurel and Hardy's first feature film away from producer extraordinaire Hal Roach. While this is in no way Laurel and Hardy's best work, it still contains enough gags and silliness to entertain fans and the younger set. Stan Laurel is as sharp as always as is Babe Hardy but the story is somewhat lacking and drags in spots. The premise is good though: Trying to forget a woman who turned him down, Ollie wants to drown himself and convinces Stan that he must do the same. The boys meet an officer of the Foreign Legion who convinces them that they should join the Legion to help forget. Of course you know these two misfits are not going to do well in the Legion with its strict military code and constant marching. This leads to many good moments when, for example, the boys are forced to wash and press "a mountain" of laundry(literally). I especially liked the stunt flying and the surprise ending which, for me, wrapped everything up neatly. The part I really didn't like is having Ollie act like a simpering idiot when in love. It is just plain embarrassing. In their older films, they would get into bad situations but were never the objects of ridicule. Thankfully, this sequence passes by quickly enough and we go on to some great gags.

Sadly, the boys would end up making only one good film after this one (Saps at Sea)before moving to MGM and Fox where they were stuck in a bunch of bad or very average films.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flying Deuces See more »

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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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