The Flying Deuces
Release year: 1939
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Screenwriter: Ralp Spence, Charley Rogers, Fred Schiller, Harry Langdon
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker, Reginald Gardiner, Charles Middleton, Jean Del Val, Crane Whitley, James Finlayson
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #206, week 22 2018
A heartbroken Oliver decides to join the Foreign Legion to forget the love of his life (Parker). Off course poor Stan is forced to join him. But the soon find it too much work not realizing leaving is going to be even harder work.
Laurel and Hardy were famous for their slapstick-humour, their bowler hat and their repetitive gags and catchphrases, several of which are used in this adventurous classic comedy. The story quickly moves from Paris to Algeria where the two friends finds themselves doing mountains of laundry to a ridiculous low wage. The real fun begins when they decides to leave again, giving them the opportunity to dial up for the slapstick humour as the two try to regain their freedom. Laurel and Hardy delivers in every scene, their act perfect down to every last detail and seeming effortless as they play out the roles, they have won so many hearts with. It is the sort of classic humour that never seems to grow old and the movie will make you giggle and smile as the two anti-heroes finds themselves in the one pickle after another. Classic comedy at its best!
The plane used at the end of this movie is a 1928 Travel Air 6000, better known to some as a Curtis-Wright 6-B (Curtis-Wright acquired the Travel Air company in 1931). It is an American plane, despite being painted in this movie with French roundels on the wings.