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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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Nicole Dupre
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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 September 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Foreign Legion  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in December 1949, but was postponed when Lou Costello had to undergo an operation for a gangrenous gall bladder in November 1949. Despite having a stunt double, Costello did his own wrestling in the film, only to be rewarded with a wrenched arm socket and a stretched tendon. See more »

Goofs

When gunfire riddles the Commandant's office, the wire that yanks off Axmann's hat can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Bud Jones: What's the idea of teaching midgets to wrestle?
Lou Hotchkiss: They're for those small television sets.
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Connections

Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Not A&C's Best But Pleasant Enough
19 February 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Slight Abbott and Costello comedy has them playing wrestling promoters whose star attraction has quit and gone home to Algiers. The duo follow after him and are tricked into joining the Foreign Legion. This is not one of the boys' better efforts but it's still a decent way to pass the time. Most of the gags are pretty stale but I did laugh here and there. Walter Slezak and Douglas Dumbrille are good heavies but the script doesn't give them a lot to do. Patricia Medina looks like a Hedy Lamarr clone. Wrestlers Wee Willie Davis and Tor Johnson are fun to see. The wrestling gags are some of the movie's best. Maybe Bud and Lou should have made a wrestling movie instead and forgotten all this Foreign Legion stuff. Like I said, not their funniest but enjoyable enough to pass the time.


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