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Flying Elephants

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Flying Elephants
L&H Flying Elelphants 1928.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Butler
Written byHal Roach
H.M. Walker (titles)
Produced byHal Roach
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Jimmy Finlayson
Edna Marion
Dorothy Coburn
Viola Richard
Fay Lanphier
Budd Fine
Tiny Sandford
Leo Willis
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • February 12, 1928 (1928-02-12)
Running time
17 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
English (Original intertitles)

Flying Elephants is a two-reel silent film from 1928 directed by Frank Butler and produced by Hal Roach. It stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as a pair of battling cavemen.


The film takes place in the Stone Age, where the 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. Hardy 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 Hardy finds an available girl but doesn't realize that Laurel, with whom he has become friends, is already intending to marry this girl.

As both Laurel and Hardy pursue the same girl, this eventually leads to several contests to win the affections of the young bride-to-be. Laurel leads Hardy to the top of a mountain with the intention of pushing his rival to his death. His plan ends up failing, until an angry goat rams Hardy over the cliff, allowing Laurel to go claim the girl.[1]


Production and distribution

Although released in February 1928, Flying Elephants was actually filmed in May 1927, before the duo were established as a comedy team. As a result, the film lacks the Laurel and Hardy trademarks and consists mostly of solo performances by the two comedians.[2]

Taking place entirely outdoors, the rocky desert locations were photographed in Moapa, Nevada. Some locations would later be used in 1940 for Hal Roach's prehistoric drama One Million B.C..[1][3]

The title Flying Elephants refers to a scene where Hardy's character points out three animated pachyderms flying up above in the sky.[4]


  1. ^ a b Everson, William K. (2000). The Complete Films of Laurel and Hardy. Citadel. p. 47. ISBN 978-0806501468.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Okuda, Ted and James L. Neibaur (2012). Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927. McFarland. p. 206. ISBN 978-0786447817.
  4. ^ Mitchell-Waite, Antony and Joanne Mitchell-Waite (2013). Laurel & Hardy's Animated Antics A-Z 3rd Edition. p. 107. ISBN 978-1291619256.

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