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Just a classic. Rewatched again.
Failed romance sends the boys to the African Desert and the French Foreign Legion where their usual antics fail to make them many friends. The comedy is old hat mostly, even for them, and never rises above the dollar grab that this seems to be. Their charm gets us through, but only just barely. A song and dance bit in the middle showcases what the boys could do when they gave a damn.
Even not quite top tier Laurel & Hardy is still worth anyone's time. Wonderful set-pieces include Ollie failing to take his own life after being jilted and Stan doing a Harpo with a prison bed. The Foreign Legion fortress is very obviously the RKO backlit, but again that's part of the charm.
Classic Laurel and Hardy comedy as they join the foreign legion to help Hardy get over his marriage proposal refusal from the girl he lost his heart too.
One of L and H's later movies, but the boys still have it and are just as funny as they ever were.
Believe it or not, this is actually the first Laurel & Hardy movie I've seen. Apparently this was one of their later works, had a troubled production, and even they weren't that fond of it. The movie follows Laurel and Hardy as they join the French Foreign Legion, discover it's no fun, and try to leave. There are definitely some inspired gags here, particularly the final one, but overall the movie feels a bit tired, even though it's only 60 minutes long. While I'm sure their earlier films are better, this one has not aged nearly as well as the comparable works of the Marx Brothers or even Abbott and Costello. It's kind of amusing, but there are plenty of better zany 1930s comedies.
Despite lacking the wallop to the funny bone that is expected from a Laurel and Hardy venture, "The Flying Deuces" provides a number of effective slapstick moments (poor Stan can't stop hitting his head!) and snappy dialogue to please fans.
Is this film high brow? No. Does it have a killer plot with a good script? No way. Yet that does not matter because you have the bumbling of the great Laurel and Hardy to keep you entertained. The story is incredibly simple. Ollie falls for a French girl who rejects him so he want to commit suicide, but instead he and Stan are advised to join the Foreign Legion. As you might have guessed that leads to some of their great comedy. I saw this film before and I was happily surprised again by the Flying Deuces.
Not as funny as their other stuff .