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The Legion of Missing Men (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 28 July 1937 (USA)
Bob Carter, a member of the Foreign Legion, is glad to see his brother, Don, for the first time in ten years but is sorry that Don has joined the Legion. Bob, Don and Bob's buddies, Muggsy ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Don Carter
Sergeant Garcia (as George Rigas)
Hala Linda ...
Nina De Bernay
Bilgey (as James Aubrey)
Frank Leigh ...
Colonel Laurant
Shiek Ibrahim-Ul-Ahmed


Bob Carter, a member of the Foreign Legion, is glad to see his brother, Don, for the first time in ten years but is sorry that Don has joined the Legion. Bob, Don and Bob's buddies, Muggsy and Bilgey, go to a café and there Don falls for Nina, a singer in love with Bob. Bob doesn't know this and thinks she is Garccia's girl, and warns Don to have nothing to do with her. Don disregards the warning and Garcia discovers Nina and Don together and provokes Don into hitting him. Don is arrested and thrown into the company brig. Nina, with the aid of an Arabian sheik, Ul Ahmed, helps Don escape. Bob, Muggsy and Bilgey follow but are captured and taken to Ul Hamid's headquarters. The sheik tortures Don to force Bob to work some captured machine guns for him. Ah Hamid and his tribe attack the fort, but Bob manages to turn the machine guns against his captors, and the fort is saved. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Thrills.....thrills...thrills....as fighting men from Hell rout the merciless marauders of the desert! See more »


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28 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Missing Men  »

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This film was first telecast Friday 26 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). Its earliest documented post-WWII telecasts took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 20 December 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Thursday 27 July 1950 on the Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


Referenced in Dillinger (1945) See more »


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Not Over-Exciting, But It Has Its Moments!
24 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

What a disappointing picture! Just look at those credits! Well, I'll admit the cast isn't much, except for Ralph Forbes (who is great in small doses like "The Hound of the Baskervilles") and Ben Alexander's legions of fans, although even Dragnet die-hards will find little to cheer about here. However, I must admit I really enjoyed Hala Linda's performance (and I loved her songs). And this "Missing Men" is her only movie too! But I expect a a fair degree of excitement from a classy director like Hamilton "Charlie Chan" MacFadden; and for the first ten minutes or so of fast action and multiple camera angles with scores of extras, it looks like he's going to deliver. But then the boring part of the "Beau Geste"-derived screenplay (unaccountably hashed up by three of the best writers in Hollywood's ten-thrills-a-second business) takes over. And while all this tedious brothers-falling-out stuff is flat-footedly proceeding, what is Charles Hutchison doing? Lightning Hutch himself! Presumably he was hired just for the strength of his name. The action spots at the beginning and end of the picture feature only a small amount of stunt work. Nothing to get too excited or wide-eyed about—which is a fair description of the whole movie itself.

Sample dialogue: (Heroine)"You are clean and fine! So different from the others who come here." And (Sheik) "How many men did you lose?" — (Henchman) "As many as the fingers of two hands twice!"

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