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Release Date:
25 September 1950 (Sweden) See more »
THEIR FIRST IN A YEAR...THEIR FUNNIEST BY FAR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Unmemorable Abbott and Costello, but it passes the time See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bud Abbott ... Bud Jones

Lou Costello ... Lou Hotchkiss

Patricia Medina ... Nicole Dupre

Walter Slezak ... Sgt. Axmann

Douglass Dumbrille ... Sheik Hamud El Khalid
Leon Belasco ... Hassam--Auctioneer

Marc Lawrence ... 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

Henry Corden ... Ibrim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Arab on Jeep's Hood (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... Orderly (uncredited)
Guy Beach ... Saleem with False Teeth (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Private (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Skeleton (voice) (uncredited)

Jeff Chandler ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

John Cliff ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jack Davidson ... Thug (uncredited)
Bob Evans ... Corporal (uncredited)
David Gorcey ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Thug (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... Arab Girl (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ... Arab Proprietor (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Corporal (uncredited)
Frank Malet ... Corporal (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Thug (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ... Corporal (uncredited)

Ann Robinson ... Bathing Suit Girl in Mirage (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Orderly (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Guard (uncredited)
Dan Seymour ... Josef (uncredited)
Mahmud Shaikhaly ... Referee (uncredited)
Jack Shutta ... Thug (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Thug (uncredited)
Guy Zanette ... Corporal (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Lamont 
Writing credits
D.D. Beauchamp (story)

John Grant (screenplay) &
Martin Ragaway (screenplay) &
Leonard Stern (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Cinematography by
George Robinson 
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Eric Orbom 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ray Jeffers 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Edward Dodds .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Carter .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photographic effects
Carl Lee .... special effects (uncredited)
Russell Coles .... stunt double: Lou Costello (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Cowie .... grip (uncredited)
Eddie Jones .... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Smith .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lloyd Ward .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Elizabeth Firestone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Schumann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Mahmud Shaikhaly .... technical advisor
Milt Bronson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Foreign Legion" - USA (short title)
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80 min | Argentina:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

In the mirage sequence the skeleton is voiced by Candy Candido, who would team up with Bud Abbott after Lou Costello died.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When gunfire riddles the Commandant's office, the wire that yanks off Axmann's hat can be seen.See more »
Bud Jones:What's the idea of teaching midgets to wrestle?
Lou Hotchkiss:They're for those small television sets.
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Movie Connections:
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35See more »


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Unmemorable Abbott and Costello, but it passes the time, 18 April 2007
Author: gridoon

"Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion" never quite manages to approach the level of "brilliant", but at least it manages to stay fairly consistently on the level of "mildly funny". The best bits include the opening sequence (kind of surprising to see a 1950 movie so openly admitting that pro-wrestling is scripted), the mirages in the desert, and the "Oui" - "We" puns (the French lady: "O-U-I means Yes". Lou: "What does I-O-U mean? No?"). And, thankfully, there are no unnecessary songs to bog down the action. I would describe the film as a pleasant time-passer, but there is one troubling aspect: too many people (Legionnaires as well as Arabs) get killed - not graphically, of course, and mostly off-screen, but still....(**1/2)

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