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Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  25 September 1950 (Sweden)
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Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Walter Slezak ...
Sgt. Axmann
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Sheik Hamud El Khalid
Leon Belasco ...
Hassam--Auctioneer
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Frankie--Loan Shark
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ...
Abdullah (as Wee Willie Davis)
Tor Johnson ...
Abou Ben
Sammy Menacker ...
Bertram the Magnificent (as Sam Menacker)
Jack Raymond ...
Ali Ami
Fred Nurney ...
Commandant
Paul Fierro ...
Ibn
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Ibrim
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Storyline

Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with the nasty Sheik Hamud El Khalid. Bits include Lou's mirage sightings, one a New York newsboy ("they gave me a bad corner"). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THEIR FIRST IN A YEAR...THEIR FUNNIEST BY FAR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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Release Date:

25 September 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Foreign Legion  »

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Budget:

$735,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the mirage sequence the skeleton is voiced by Candy Candido, who would team up with Bud Abbott after Lou Costello died. See more »

Goofs

When the group is trying to escape the camp in Axmann's Jeep, it takes a bullet hole in the windshield. Then, in the next shot from the front, the windshield is intact again. It remains that way until they reach the fort, where more gunfire puts holes in it. See more »

Quotes

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Connections

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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
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It Sure Isn't Beau Geste!

Great addition to the Abbott and Costello film canon as Bud and Lou go after a wrestler in Algiers. Soon they are hunted by a local sheik and his men and a traitor in the foreign legion...none other than slimy(but wonderful) Walter Slezak. Charles Lamont directs the comedic duo once again, and adds some very funny gags to the proceedings. Some of the material has not dated particularly well, but most of it is still very amusing. Some of the highlights include Lou being pursued through the streets of Algiers, Lou training in the foreign legion, the boys out in the desert seeing various mirages, a trip to an oasis, and finally a wrestling performance for the sheik. Look for Tor Johnson as one of the wrestlers. For my money the funniest scene is Lou matching wits with a fish with dentures in the oasis pool. I laughed real hard. Good, clean fun!


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