Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper'sdaughter he's fallen in love with, is already married to dashingForeign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins the Legion,taking Stanley with him. Their bumbling eventually gets them chargedwith desertion and sentenced to a firing squad. They manage to escapein a stolen airplane, but crash after a wild ride.
Running Time: 69 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: TV-G
Laurel went on to join the Hal Roach studio, and began directing films, including a 1926 production called Yes, Yes, Nanette. It was his intention to work primarily as a writer and director, but fate stepped in. In 1927, Oliver Hardy, another member of the Hal Roach Studios Comedy All Star players, was injured in a kitchen mishap and Laurel was asked to return to the front of the cameras. Laurel and Hardy began sharing screen time together in Slipping Wives, Duck Soup and With Love and Hisses. It soon became obvious that the two men had a certain comic on screen chemistry. Roach Studios' supervising director Leo McCarey noticed the audience reaction to the two and had begun intentionally teaming them together, leading to the creation of the Laurel and Hardy series late that year. Together, the two men began producing a huge body of short movies, including The Battle of the Century, Should Married Men Go Home?, Two Tars, Be Big!, Big Business, and many others. Laurel and Hardy successfully made the transition to talking films with the short Unaccustomed As We Are in 1929. In the same year they appeared in their first feature in one of the revue sequences of The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and the following year they appeared as the comic relief in a lavish all-color (in Technicolor) musical feature entitled: The Rogue Song. In 1931, their own first starring feature, Pardon Us was released, although they continued to make both features and shorts until 1935, including their 1932 three-reeler The Music Boxwhich won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject.
This is an excellent Laurel &Hardy movie, even though some of the later ones are not. The Flying Deuces has a solid story, even though of course the story is still filled with some surreal and comical moments. Laurel and Hardy manage to fall in love with a married inn-keeper's daughter, get recruited into the French Foreign Legion, disrupt and get kicked out of the Legion, and end up in a ridiculously hilarious predicament that makes you understand why Laurel &Hardy are such classic comedic figures. Also, the ending escape sequence is so great and is my favorite part of the movie. Written by Arthur
A. Edward Sutherland
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