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Beau Hunks (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 12 December 1931 (USA)
Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
James W. Horne ... Chief of the Riff Raff (as Abul Kasim K'Horne)
Charles Middleton ... Commandant
Broderick O'Farrell ... Fort Arid Commander (as Broderick O'Farrel)
Harry Schultz Harry Schultz ... Captain Schultz
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Storyline

Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh discipline of the Commandant. On a long march to reinforce remote Fort Arid, the boys get lost in the sands, finally reaching the Fort only to find it besieged by the fearsome Riffs. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Get in step with fun! See more »

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beau Hunks See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1931) (uncut) (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to producer Hal Roach, this film was to have been only a two-reeler, but the comedy was expanded so well that he financed the movie at twice its proposed length. See more »

Goofs

Ollie falls down on a piano, which smashes to bits (and is obviously an empty prop). When the camera cuts in closer, Ollie's stomach is suddenly covered with piano hammers and other bits from the interior of a real piano, none of which were there in the first shot. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: Come, Stanley.
Stan: Where we going?
Ollie: We're going where we can forget!
Stan: What do you mean WE'VE got to forget?
Ollie: None of your business, let's go!
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Crazy Credits

Cast list concludes with 3897 Arabs, 1921 Riffians and four native Swede guides. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was reissued in 1937 with a few cuts to comply with the 1934 Production Code, including a dialogue about fertilizer at the beginning. The 1937 version is the only one surviving, as the original cut was lost. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Flying Deuces (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ideal of My Dreams
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Herbert Ingraham
Played on piano and Sung by Oliver Hardy
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Choice Sample of Hunks
2 January 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If as another reviewer says that Beau Hunks was Hal Roach's personal favorite of the many Laurel&Hardy shorts he produced, it certainly is a very good choice. Roach must have liked it because he expanded it later on in the decade to a full length feature film, Flying Deuces.

Poor Ollie is pining over his lost love because his Jeanie Weanie is getting married so to forget his troubles he joins the Foreign Legion, dragging along poor Stanley behind him. Of course as it turns out Jeanie Weanie is Jean Harlow who's sent these loving autographed pictures all over the world as we see when they settle into the barracks of the Foreign Legion.

The film is a satire of Beau Geste and of The Desert Song which only two years earlier had come to the screen. The enemy are the Riffraffs and a deadly bunch they are. Of course they haven't come up against Laurel and Hardy.

Two best bits in the film are the boys getting lost in a sand storm on the desert and then actually arriving at the fort ahead of the rest of the troop. Second is when Laurel the dunce is asked by Hardy why he's not carrying any equipment for the march and he innocently replies that he packed his stuff with Ollie's. This is Stanley's innocence at its finest.

One thing that is eerie about Beau Hunks is that the marriage Jean Harlow was to have the following year was to Paul Bern and we all know what a tragedy that turned out to be. She might have been better off marrying Ollie or one of the other Legionaires.

Beau Hunks is a choice sample of Stan and Ollie's comedy which is absolutely eternal.


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