Rent Laurel and Hardy: The Flying Deuces (1939)

3.6 of 5 from 54 ratings
1h 8min
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Synopsis:
Whilst holidaying in Paris, Ollie (Oliver Hardy) is heartbroken to learn that Georgette (Jean Parker), the beautiful innkeeper's daughter with whom he has fallen in love, is already married. In an attempt to forget her, he decides to enlist in the Foreign Legion, persuading Stanley (Stan Laurel)to join him. The hapless pair are posted to Morocco, where an unfortunate chain of events ends with them being charged with desertion and sentenced to death by firing squad!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Boris Morros
Writers:
Ralph Spence, Charley Rogers, Fred Schiller, Harry Langdon
Studio:
Elstree Hill Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/08/2003
Run Time:
70 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2015
Run Time:
68 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • German version: 'Dick und Doof in der Fremdenlegion'
  • Image Gallery
  • Promotional Material PDF

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Reviews (1) of Laurel and Hardy: The Flying Deuces

Includes spoiler. - Laurel and Hardy: The Flying Deuces review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
01/02/2021

This is their first post Hal Roach film, at which point Stan and Ollie's films are reputed to go into decline. And while most of the jokes feel like we've seen them before (and it is in part a remake of their 1931 two reeler Beau Hunks) this is an interesting film because it is so mythic. It seems to be a film about representative figures who are fated to squabble and endure eternally for the sake of companionship.

They even touch on death and the possibility they will be together beyond their lives. There's a scene where they are literally tied to each other, planning to both die simultaneously, dismissing the possibility that one of them might go on alone. 

 Stan Laurel doesn't look well in this film, and has put on weight. As has Oliver Hardy. Which adds shading to their perennial comic struggles. It's a foreign legion film with Ollie going away (with his partner of course) to forget about a girl (the attractive Jean Parker). When he does, the duo decide they may as well go back to civilian life, only to discover it ain't that easy and they will be held to meet the firing squad at dawn.

 At the end, Ollie dies, and actually comes back from the other side to be with Stan, though unfortunately as a horse! And the film is full of these moments, that can be dismissed as just a gag, but maybe, an attempt (intentional or not) to capture what is legendary about their alliance. 

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