The Flying Deuces

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In their first starring feature away from the Hal Roach studios, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play a couple of fish peddlers from Des Moines on a Cook's Tour of Paris. While stopping over at quaint suburban inn, Ollie falls in love with innkeeper's daughter Georgette (Jean Parker). At Stan's prodding, Ollie pops the question to Georgette, who gently refuses because there is Someone Else. Disconsolately, Ollie decides to commit suicide by jumping into the Seine, insisting that Stan join him in his plunge to ...
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Overview

In their first starring feature away from the Hal Roach studios, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play a couple of fish peddlers from Des Moines on a Cook's Tour of Paris. While stopping over at quaint suburban inn, Ollie falls in love with innkeeper's daughter Georgette (Jean Parker). At Stan's prodding, Ollie pops the question to Georgette, who gently refuses because there is Someone Else. Disconsolately, Ollie decides to commit suicide by jumping into the Seine, insisting that Stan join him in his plunge to oblivion. The boys are halted from this drastic action by the timely arrival of Francois (Reginald Gardiner), an officer in the French Foreign Legion. Francois convinces Stan and Ollie that they'll forget all about Ollie's lost love if they join the Legion, and within a few days our heroes are in uniform at an outpost in French Morocco, where they are promptly assigned to laundry detail. Alas, try as he might, Ollie can't forget his beloved Georgette-until Stan suggests that he pretend to forget so that they can get back in their own clothes and head home. This Ollie does, but not before accidentally setting fire to a mountain of laundry. After leaving behind a rather nasty letter of resignation for their scowling commandant (Charles Middleton), Stan and Ollie pack their bags and head for the airport-where Ollie is reunited with Georgette, who turns out to be the wife of their commanding officer Francois! Sentenced to death for desertion, the boys tunnel their way out of their jail cell and hide out in an airplane, which Stan accidentally sends into flight. After a wild and noisy ride, the plane crashes, leading to the flm's hilarious-and somehow touching--"freak" ending. Officially a remake of Les Aviateurs, a French vehicle for Fernandel and Toto, The Flying Deuces also owes a lot to the earlier Laurel & Hardy Foreign Legion farce Beau Hunks. Highlights include Stan and Ollie's impromptu soft-shoe rendition of "Shine on Harvest Moon," and Stan's lunatic excursion into Harpo Marx territory as he plays a bed-spring "harp." Produced by Boris Morros and released by RKO Radio, Flying Deuces is unquestionably the best of Laurel & Hardy's non-Hal Roach vehicles.
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Special Features

This is Your Life: Laurel and Hardy; (rare TV episode remastered from 35mm); Sons of the desert (a rare trailer); The paper hanger's helper (1925 silent short featuring Oliver Hardy); Lucky dog (1921 silent short starring Laurel & Hardy)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2015
  • UPC: 089859902628
  • Original Release: 1939
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  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Academy Aperture (1.37:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:09:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,973

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stan Laurel Stan
Oliver Hardy Oliver
Jean Parker Georgette
Reginald Gardiner Francois
Charles B. Middleton Commandant
Jean del Val Sergeant
Clem Wilenchick Corporal
James Finlayson Jailer
Monica Bannister Georgette's Girl Friend
Bonnie Bannon Georgette's Girl Friend
Eddie Borden
Mary Jane Carey Georgette's Girl Friend
Jack Chefe Other Legionnaires
Frank Clark Pilot
Billy Engle
Kit Guard
Sam Lufkin Legionnaires Knocked Out by Corks
Michael Visaroff Innkeeper
Crane Whitley Corporal
Rychard Cramer Truck Driver
Technical Credits
Edward Sutherland Director
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
Frank Clarke Consultant/advisor
Jack Dennis Editor
Elmer Dyer Cinematographer
Harry Langdon Screenwriter
John Leipold Score Composer
Boris Leven Art Director
Art Lloyd Cinematographer
Boris Morros Producer
Eddie Paul Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Rogers Screenwriter
Alfred Schiller Screenwriter
Leo Shuken Score Composer
Ralph Spence Screenwriter
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