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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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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 »

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Adventure | Comedy

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25 September 1950 (Sweden)  »

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Foreign Legion  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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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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A glowing tribute and satire of professional wrestling
3 August 2003 | by (Trump plaza) – See all my reviews

This movie is pretty much a combination of Abbott and Costello meet the Invisible Man and Lost in Alaska. A sheik/professional wrestler leaves the camp of Bud and Lou to return to his native Africa. Bud and Lou, on the verge of losing $5,000, follow him to try and bring him back. They get duped into joining the French foreign legion in the area and deal with a french spy and a traitor in the legion. For a former long time pro wrestling fanatic like me, this movie makes me laugh, mostly because I used to take wrestling so seriously. The intro is great, especially Bud Abbott, who shows passion that he would only show periodically in the team's later years. The chemistry is good in the scenes in Africa until the boys join the legion when the movie stalls slightly. There is a funny bit with Costello manning a machine gun and a hilarious miscounting scene that is the best bit in the film. Some great pro wrestling nonsense and a chaotic ending finish the film. This is one of the Abbott and Costello flicks that I missed seeing in my youth. Other then the wrestling bits and some really beautiful women, Abbott and Costello and their routines carry this one.


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