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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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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)
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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80 min | Argentina:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in December 1949, but was postponed when Lou Costello had to undergo an operation for a gangrenous gall bladder in November 1949. Despite having a stunt double, Costello did his own wrestling in the film, only to be rewarded with a wrenched arm socket and a stretched tendon.See more »
Continuity: At the oasis, when Bud says "There's plenty of fish in there, boy!", he goes to sit on the big rock to take out his boot lace. But in the very next shot he already has his lace out with a piece of bread on it.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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
It Sure Isn't Beau Geste!, 6 August 2001

Great addition to the Abbott and Costello film canon as Bud and Lou go after a wrestler in Algiers. Soon they are hunted by a local sheik and his men and a traitor in the foreign legion...none other than slimy(but wonderful) Walter Slezak. Charles Lamont directs the comedic duo once again, and adds some very funny gags to the proceedings. Some of the material has not dated particularly well, but most of it is still very amusing. Some of the highlights include Lou being pursued through the streets of Algiers, Lou training in the foreign legion, the boys out in the desert seeing various mirages, a trip to an oasis, and finally a wrestling performance for the sheik. Look for Tor Johnson as one of the wrestlers. For my money the funniest scene is Lou matching wits with a fish with dentures in the oasis pool. I laughed real hard. Good, clean fun!

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