DirectorJames W. Horne Film seriesLaurel and Hardy Series Duration CountryUnited States
WriterH.M. Walker (dialogue) Release dateDecember 12, 1931 CastStan Laurel (Stan), Oliver Hardy (Ollie), James W. Horne (Chief of the Riff Raff (as Abdul Kasim K'Horne)), Charles Middleton (Commandant), Broderick O'Farrell (Ft. Arid commander), Harry Schultz (Captain Schultz) Similar moviesPacific Rim, Feast, Paperman, The Artist, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, For the Birds
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Beau Hunks is a 1931 American Pre-Code Laurel and Hardy film, directed by James W. Horne. Beau Hunks is a reference to Beau Geste, and to the common ethnic slur of the time, "bohunk". At 37 minutes, it is the longest L&H short.
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy join the French Foreign Legion after Ollie's sweetheart Jeanie-Weenie (only ever seen as a photograph) rejects him, as it is the only place where Ollie can forget her. When they arrive at the barracks in French Algeria, they discover that not only are the other soldiers trying to forget lost loves, their lost loves all happen to be the one and the same woman Ollie is trying to forget: Jeanie-Weenie! On an expedition to Ft. Arid, a fortress besieged by native Riffian tribesmen, the duo get cut off from the rest of the regiment in a sandstorm and reach the fortress before the others. Surprisingly, the boys defeat the Riffians by themselves and the leader of the Riffians is revealed as another one of Jeanie-Weenie's conquests.
The French Foreign Legion scenario was remade as The Flying Deuces.
Jean Harlow as Jeannie-Weenie (Uncredited)
James W. Horne as the Chief of the Riff Raff
Charles B. Middleton as the Commandant
Broderick O'Farrell as Ft. Arid Commander
Harry Schultz as Captain Schultz
The Dutch musical group
A Dutch musical ensemble, named The Beau Hunks Orchestra after that film, was formed in early 1992 for the purpose of performing some of the soundtrack music at an Oliver Hardy centennial celebration in Amsterdam. They went on to release a number of recordings of the film music of Leroy Shield and some other composers, notably Raymond Scott.