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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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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan (as Stan Laurel/Himself)
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie (as Oliver Hardy/Himself)
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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Trivia

This is Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's only non-Hal Roach-produced film in which Stan had a hand in the writing and editing (as he had in the Roach films). See more »

Goofs

When Georgette faints, Stan pours water on her head to revive her, but her hair is suddenly dry when Stan and Ollie run for the window after being confronted by her husband. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: What did you say in the note, Ollie?
Oliver: I said plenty and if I could have spelled raspberry, I'd have told him a lot more!
Stanley: That'll learn him!
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Soundtracks

Shine On, Harvest Moon
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Nora Bayes
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Sung by Oliver Hardy and danced by both he and Stan Laurel
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The Best of Ollie and Stan
8 April 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

My favorite Laurel and Hardy film. Many memorable bits in this charming and funny movie. Perhaps the best comedy duo ever, they breeze thru their routines and yet still have fun. Remarkable. Their stuff never seems old. Here they join the Foreign Legion after a failed suicide attempt over Ollie's broken heart. Fast paced film takes them from Paris to Algeria (I guess) where they get insulted over the pay--3 cents a day. My favorite bit it the incongruous song and dance to "Shine on Harvest Moon." It makes NO sense whatever but it's wonderful---a total surprise. Jean Parker (why did she not become a big star?), Reginald Gardner, James Finlayson, and Charles Middleton co-star. Hilarious sight gags and funny bits. Stan Laurel won a special Oscar in 1960; Oliver Hardy died in 1957 and remains one of the most underrated comics in film history. Also love this team in their talkie debut in Hollywood Revue of 1929.


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Release Date:

3 November 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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