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Director:
Writers:
D.D. Beauchamp (story)
John Grant (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
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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User Reviews:
A&C comedy is a bit sloppy but still good fun... 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--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)
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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)
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Continuity: When the group is trying to escape the camp in Axmann's Jeep, it takes a bullet hole in the windshield. Then, in the next shot from the front, the windshield is intact again. It remains that way until they reach the fort, where more gunfire puts holes in it.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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A&C comedy is a bit sloppy but still good fun..., 30 April 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Abbott and Costello get tricked into joining the Foreign Legion; all they want is to get a brawny wrestler out of Algeria. Some good, hearty laughs in this A&C feature--their 26th film--which has surprisingly good production values, but feels a little rushed and has sloppy overdubbing. The wrestlers (William 'Wee Willie' Davis and Ed Wood's favorite actor Tor Johnson) are an added treat, and Costello as usual steals all his scenes. True, by this time the comedy duo were just relying on their proved shtick, but the movie is fast-paced and is much funnier and more tolerable than the Lewis and Martin pictures from this era. **1/2 from ****

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