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  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Reginald Gardiner, Clem Wilenchick, Charles Middleton
  • Directors: Edward Sutherland
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CAPX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,422 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stan and Ollie are on holiday in Paris where Ollie falls in love with the daughter of an innkeeper. On discovering she is already married, Ollie decides he and Stan must end it all by jumping into a river. They are talked out of suicide by a French Foreign Legion Officer who convinces them instead to enlist in order to forget. The boys wreak havoc at the training camp and are arrested for desertion, but make their escape in a stolen airplane. This crash lands, killing Ollie, but the pair are reunited when Ollie is reincarnated as a horse. Stan and Ollie were loaned out by Hal Roach to make this film for RKO and independent producer Boris Morros.

About the Actor

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 Box which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By P. D. gray on 7 May 2009
Format: DVD
wow what a carry on. Since FLYING DEUCES is in the public domain and therefore available for any old tom, dick or harry to stick on a dvd and sell its a headache trying to find a decent print. Reading these customers comments are enough to drive you mad, especially since I suspect some of them are written by people REPRESENTING the companies churning out the poor copies in an attempt to sell more.

FACT ---- The only one worth buying is by the American studio KINO (red cover). It is remastered from a marvellous print and has some great extras. KINO are one of the finest dvd companies in the world, putting a lot of love and attention into their silent film dvds.

FACT ---- Despite Amazon stating KINOS dvds are REGION 1 and therefore only playable on US or MULTI-REGION dvd players they are in fact all region 0 discs, and therefore playable on ALL dvd players. I think AMAZON just have a blanket policy to state all USA produced dvds are region 1 to avoid any complaints if one doesnt play.

FACT --- Other companies releasing FLYING DEUCES include stonevision, elstree hill and they are abysmal..you will pull your hair out at the poor quality of the naff print they use.

SOOOOO, get yourself the big 21 disc Laurel and Hardy boxset here in the UK, the 2 twentieth century fox sets also here in the UK for work not in the big boxset (3 films each set), grab this Flying Deuces from the states AND finally (and you will need a multi-region player for these) the TCM LAUREL AND HARDY ARCHIVES and AIR RAID WARDENS/NOTHING BUT TROUBLE double bill dvd from the states to ensure you have just about everything.

Remember, look for KINO as the studio under the flying deuces dvd release info...only one worth buying
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DIL on 18 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
Actually, this is a very good film and one I'm glad to have in my collection but I don't believe it is Laurel and Hardy at their best. The story is set in France and involves the duo entering the Foreign Legion. I personally think that Laurel and Hardy work best on home ground so the French setting isn't an ideal one. I also think that their funniest films are the ones where they dominate and the plot is secondary; in "Flying Deuces" the reverse is the case with a slighly over-involved plot and not enough of the central protagonists for my liking. That said, it is a funny film with some classic moments
My biggest criticism of the DVD is that the picture quality is very poor - nothing like the quality that one would hope for. The extras are minimal: a rather strange introduction from Tony Curtis which lasts about 5 minutes and appears to be ad-libbed. The intro is actually about Laurel and Hardy in general rather than about the film. The other extra is a 2 minute trailer for a Laurel and Hardy compilation.
If you're a fan (as I am) you will have to have this in your collection. If you're a new-comer, you will probably be better off with "Sons of the Desert" or "Way out West".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Macdonald on 24 May 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
**This review is regarding the KINO release only**

The KINO release is a restored version of the film taken from Nitrate negatives found recently in France, and the picture quality is amazing, as good as or better than any other of L & H's better looking films.

Also on the Dvd is;

An introduction by Serge Bromberg

The Stolen Jools (19 mins)

Laurel & Hardy in Tynemouth and Edinburgh (1932)(14 mins)

Tree in a Test tube (5 mins)

This is your Life(T.V. Show 1955) (28 mins)

Original French Trailer

Poster Gallery

Stills/Promotional Materials

This release is worth buying for the restored film alone, it's never looked or sounded better. The added extra material make this a bargain Dvd. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Sanderson on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having previously bought the Elstree Hill version of Flying Deuces which I agree with other reviews is dire picture quality I took a risk having read the review on the Kino version and can confirm that it is a universal all region DVD that can be played on region 2 players(which is the only player I have and if had been a region 1 disc it may as well have gone in the bin). I can also confirm the quality of the Kino picture is massively improved. Buy it you won't be sorry.

The Elstree Hill version will be going in the bin as it is so poor that I would not even give it away to anyone to suffer sitting through it. Th quality of the artwork for the Kino says it all in terms of every picture tells a story it's the only one with a good sleeve and the only one worth getting. The cheap alternatives are just poor and not worth bothering with. Pay more and get the real thing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave Tudor on 27 April 2004
Format: DVD
Never mind the price - this is an appalling print of this film whichnearly managed to wreck my enjoyment. The picture is fuzzy, there areannoying jumps where a few seconds have been lost, blotches and scrathes.It's alomst unbeliveable that this company had the cheek to release itlike this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Laurel and Hardy's careers didn`t just hit rough waters when they left producer Hal Roach for better paying jobs with studios that hadn't a clue what to do with them like MGM and 20th Century Fox, they all but ran aground, but their first independent effort away from their old home (though made while still working with Roach), 1939's The Flying Deuces, stands out like a diamond in the rough among the exponentially worse and increasingly unwatchable films that would follow. Returning to the Foreign Legion stamping ground of their classic 1931 short Beau Hunks, bringing Charles `Ming the Merciless' Middleton along with them again as their bad tempered commandant as well as regular stooge Jimmy Finlayson as their exasperated jailer, the plot's as thin as Stan is. Ollie, having fallen hopelessly in love with a Parisian waitress who loves another, is persuaded by Reginald Gardiner's officer to join the Legion to forget, which takes about as long as it does for the boys to find out the pay is three cents a day ("We don't work for anything less than 25 cents a day!") and they have to do the washing for the entire regiment...

It all ends with that old comic standby, with our heroes in a plane they don't know how to fly, but while it's never uproariously funny it is a very pleasant and amusing hour and a bit. Not everything is as good as it could be - the suicide setpiece fails to exploit the idea of an escaped shark circling the section of the Seine Ollie chooses to much effect, so it's no surprise the shark was absent from some reissue prints - but it helps that, for the only time outside the Roach films, Stan Laurel had a hand in the writing and editing, something which greatly antagonised director A. Edward Sutherland, who said he'd rather eat a tarantula than work with Laurel again.
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