The Flying Deuces (1939)

65 mins | Comedy | 3 November 1939

Producer:

Boris Morros

Cinematographer:

Art Lloyd

Editor:

Jack Dennis

Production Designer:

Boris Leven

Production Company:

Boris Morros Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was The Aviators . According to the Var review, this was the first comedy that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made without Hal Roach. The team had previously "guest-starred" in four M-G-M films, however. After completing this picture, they returned to the Hal Roach Studios. To make this film, Boris Morros bought the rights to the 1931 French picture Les deux legionnaires , which had a similiar story. The picture marked Morros' first independent production and, according to NYT , it was shot in continuity in four weeks with only one day needed for retakes. The 1960 film Man on a String (see below) was based on Morros' experiences. The stars, director, camermaman and art director all agreed to a minimum salary in return for a share in the profits. A news item in HR adds that the film was shot on location at the Van Nuys Airport and Chatsworth, CA. Modern sources note that there are many similarities between this film and the 1931 Laurel and Hardy short entitled Beau Hunks , directed by James W. Horne. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Kit Guard, Billy Engle and Jack Chefe ( Legionnaires ); Rychard Cramer ( Truck driver ); Sam Lufkin and Eddie Borden ( Legionnaires knocked out by corks ); Frank Clarke ( Pilot ); Michael Visaroff ( Innkeeper ); and Monica Bannister, Bonnie Bannon, Mary Jane Carey and Christine Cabanne ( Georgette's girl friends ). Modern sources also note that during filming, Hardy met script clerk Virginia Lucille Jones, who became ... More Less

The working title of this picture was The Aviators . According to the Var review, this was the first comedy that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made without Hal Roach. The team had previously "guest-starred" in four M-G-M films, however. After completing this picture, they returned to the Hal Roach Studios. To make this film, Boris Morros bought the rights to the 1931 French picture Les deux legionnaires , which had a similiar story. The picture marked Morros' first independent production and, according to NYT , it was shot in continuity in four weeks with only one day needed for retakes. The 1960 film Man on a String (see below) was based on Morros' experiences. The stars, director, camermaman and art director all agreed to a minimum salary in return for a share in the profits. A news item in HR adds that the film was shot on location at the Van Nuys Airport and Chatsworth, CA. Modern sources note that there are many similarities between this film and the 1931 Laurel and Hardy short entitled Beau Hunks , directed by James W. Horne. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Kit Guard, Billy Engle and Jack Chefe ( Legionnaires ); Rychard Cramer ( Truck driver ); Sam Lufkin and Eddie Borden ( Legionnaires knocked out by corks ); Frank Clarke ( Pilot ); Michael Visaroff ( Innkeeper ); and Monica Bannister, Bonnie Bannon, Mary Jane Carey and Christine Cabanne ( Georgette's girl friends ). Modern sources also note that during filming, Hardy met script clerk Virginia Lucille Jones, who became his third wife in 1940. For more information about Laurel and Hardy's career together, please seen entry below for Pardon Us . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Oct 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Oct 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 39
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
3 Nov 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Aug 39
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Oct 39
p. 38, 42
New York Times
24 Sep 1939.
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New York Times
24 Nov 39
p. 29.
Variety
11 Oct 39
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Boris Morros Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Aerial photog
Spec eff
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod adv
Chief pilot and tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Shine On, Harvest Moon," words by Jack Norworth, music by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Aviators
Release Date:
3 November 1939
Production Date:
began mid July 1939 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Boris Morros Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 November 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9202
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5668
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jilted by the charming Georgette, Oliver Hardy, a fishmonger visiting Paris from Des Moines, is ready to throw himself into the Seine when a passing legionnaire advises him to join the Foreign Legion in order to forget his problems. Taking his advice, Ollie and his pal, Stan Laurel, enlist for what they believe will be a few days until Ollie overcomes his heartbreak, and the twosome find themselves enmeshed in a work routine from dawn until dusk for the pay of three cents a day. Fed up with washing and scrubbing, Stan and Ollie decide to quit the Legion, and proceed to the airport, where Ollie runs into Georgette, who, he discovers, is the wife of François, one of his superior officers. There, they are also rudely awakened to the fact that they have enlisted for life and are placed under arrest for desertion. Sentenced to be shot at sunrise, the two escape through a tunnel underneath their cell, emerging in François' compound. Amid a post-wide search, the two escape once more, leading the troops in a wild chase that culminates when Stan accidentally starts the engines of the plane in which they are hiding. The escapade results in a plane crash from which Stan emerges intact, while Ollie flutters his way to heaven, to return reincarnated as a ... +


Jilted by the charming Georgette, Oliver Hardy, a fishmonger visiting Paris from Des Moines, is ready to throw himself into the Seine when a passing legionnaire advises him to join the Foreign Legion in order to forget his problems. Taking his advice, Ollie and his pal, Stan Laurel, enlist for what they believe will be a few days until Ollie overcomes his heartbreak, and the twosome find themselves enmeshed in a work routine from dawn until dusk for the pay of three cents a day. Fed up with washing and scrubbing, Stan and Ollie decide to quit the Legion, and proceed to the airport, where Ollie runs into Georgette, who, he discovers, is the wife of François, one of his superior officers. There, they are also rudely awakened to the fact that they have enlisted for life and are placed under arrest for desertion. Sentenced to be shot at sunrise, the two escape through a tunnel underneath their cell, emerging in François' compound. Amid a post-wide search, the two escape once more, leading the troops in a wild chase that culminates when Stan accidentally starts the engines of the plane in which they are hiding. The escapade results in a plane crash from which Stan emerges intact, while Ollie flutters his way to heaven, to return reincarnated as a horse. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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