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Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 25 September 1950 (Sweden)
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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Sheik Hamud El Khalid
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Hassam--Auctioneer
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Frankie--Loan Shark
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Abdullah (as Wee Willie Davis)
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Abou Ben
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Bertram the Magnificent (as Sam Menacker)
Jack Raymond ...
Ali Ami
Fred Nurney ...
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Ibn
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Ibrim
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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 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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Douglass Dumbrille plays a corrupt Arab sheik, just as he had done in Abbott and Costello's other Middle Eastern spoof, "Lost in a Harem" (1944). See more »

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In the opening scene, set in New York City, Tor Johnson's character is called Abdullah. Later, when he appears in the Middle East, he is called Abou Ben and the person he is wrestling against, played by Wee Willie Davis, is called Abdullah. 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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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
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23 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

The plots of the various movies don't really matter one way or the other. What really matters are the gags. I felt like the gags in this one fell a bit short. The centerpiece is a scene concerning a mirage, which never really hit its peak. And the verbal banter that these two are best at is absent, and that is disappointing.

The movie does work as sort of a cultural artifact about what Americans (or Hollywood) thought of the Middle East in 1950. While not outright offensive in any way, some of it seems surprisingly ignorant. But then again, I could probably argue that the situation has not improved in the last 60 years.


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