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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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Taglines:

Sad Sacks of the Foreign Legion. (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The chief of the Riff Raff is the film's director James W. Horne. His credit reads "Abul Kasim K'Horne (In person)". The list of "The Players" also credits "3897 Arabs, 1921 Riffians and four native Swede guides". (Of course, there are nowhere near this number of people in the film.) 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: Didn't I just tell you I was going to be married?
Stan: Who to?
Ollie: Why, a woman of course. Did you ever hear of anybody marrying a man?
Stan: Sure.
Ollie: Who?
Stan: My sister.
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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

Spoofs Beau Geste (1926) 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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Hal Roach's personal favorite
28 August 2002 | by ottermoleSee all my reviews

In 1980 I had the good fortune to be invited to the home of legendary motion picture producer HAL E. ROACH. I was there to show him a few films I made, hoping for some good advice. We talked about many things, including Laurel & Hardy.

I then asked Mr. Roach what his all-time favorite Laurel & Hardy film was. After a thoughtful pause, he replied: "BEAU HUNKS."

In 1939 BEAU HUNKS was remade as FLYING DEUCES (not by Roach) during a temporary lapse in the boys' contracts. The story must have been a favorite of theirs as well.

BEAU HUNKS is an odd length (37 minutes), not too long and not too short. A classic which stands alone as one of Laurel & Hardy's most inspired films. No spoilers in this review, but if you are an L&H fan, seek out Hal Roach's personal favorite and you'll be glad you did!


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