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25 September 1950 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
THEIR FIRST IN A YEAR...THEIR FUNNIEST BY FAR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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First The Army...Now The Foreign Legion! See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (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

Marc Lawrence ... Frankie the Loan Shark
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Abdullah (as Wee Willie Davis)
Tor Johnson ... Abou Ben
Sammy Menacker ... 'Bert' Bertram (as Sam Mancker)
Jack Raymond ... Ali Ami
Fred Nurney ... Commandant
Paul Fierro ... Ibn

Henry Corden ... Ibrim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Arab on Jeep's Hood (uncredited)
Guy Beach ... Saleem with False Teeth (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Skeleton (voice) (uncredited)

Jeff Chandler ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Man (uncredited)
David Gorcey ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Thug (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... Arab Girl (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ... Kool Haven proprietor (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Thug (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Orderly (uncredited)
Dan Seymour ... Josef (uncredited)
Mahmud Shaikhaly ... Referee (uncredited)
Jack Shutta ... Thug (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Thug (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Lamont 
 
Writing credits
D.D. Beauchamp (story)

John Grant  &
Martin Ragaway  &
Leonard Stern 

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
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
 
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photographic effects
Carl Lee .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
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)
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Foreign Legion" - USA (short title)
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Runtime:
80 min | Argentina:85 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Soundtrack:
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
First The Army...Now The Foreign Legion!, 14 May 2010
Author: Humphrey Fish from United States

Mainly because I am a really huge fan of Abbott and Costello, I decided to see this movie, their only movie of 1950. And in my opinion, this is another really hysterical installment for the Perfect Straight-Man and the Perfect Buffoon! First they were in the army, and now they are in the foreign legion! Abbott and Costello have been everywhere, but in my opinion, the more places that they go, they bring a lot of madness and mayhem with them! But that is what I really love about Bud and Lou, they bring with them a lot of trouble and a lot of laughs every place that they go! Out of all of the comedy duos that I have seen, to me, Abbott and Costello are the greatest of them all!

I really loved this film, this is actually one of Abbott and Costello's best movies, especially out of their later years, other ones that I really loved out of their later years were Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, and Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man! But this one is still really a hysterical one and is a very noteworthy film for Abbott and Costello! Abbott and Costello have always been among the actors that I have loved, I have seen a lot of their movies and I have really, really loved them!

Prepare to see the Perfect Straight-Man and the Perfect Buffoon in a very hysterical movie that really has a lot of laughs in it, when you watch this movie, you are really going to be laughing and laughing your head off! You are especially going to love this movie if you really love Abbott and Costello!

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