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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Frank Butler|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Written by||Hal Roach
H.M. Walker (titles)
|Distributed by||Pathé Exchange|
|Release date(s)||February 12, 1928|
|Running time||17 min.|
English (Original intertitles)
Flying Elephants is a two-reel silent film from 1928. It stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy—before they became the popular team of Laurel and Hardy—as cavemen. The title refers to three animated pachyderms provided by Walter Lantz that fly past in one scene.
The film takes place in the Stone Age, where the leader (King) of the cave people declares that all the males between 13 and 99 years of age must find a female mate or face banishment. Ollie starts looking for a wife and in the scene it says "anyones will do" but is constantly clubbed on the head by the annoyed "husbands" Eventually Ollie finds an available girl but doesn't realise that Stan, with whom he has become friends is already intending to marry this girl. As both Stan and Ollie pursue the same girl, this eventually leads to several contests to win the affections of the young Blushing Rose.
Production and distribution
Although released in February 1928, Flying Elephants was actually filmed back in May 1927, before the duo were established as a world-famous comedy team. As a result, the film lacks the Laurel and Hardy trademarks and consists mostly of solo performances by the two comedians.
- Stan Laurel - Little Twinkle Star
- Oliver Hardy - Mighty Giant
- James Finlayson - Saxophonus
- Edna Marion - Cavewoman
- Dorothy Coburn - Gorgeous Wrestler
- Viola Richard - Blushing Rose
- Fay Lanphier - Blonde Cavewoman
- Budd Fine - Hulking Caveman
- Tiny Sandford - Hulking Caveman
- Leo Willis - Fisherman
- Potts, Mark & Sheppard, Dave (2001). What was the Film When? The Movies of Laurel & Hardy . Quayside Creative Ltd. ISBN 978-0-9555318-3-5, pp 41-42.
- Flying Elephants at the Internet Movie Database
- Flying Elephants at AllMovie
- Flying Elephants at Rotten Tomatoes
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