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Credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
James Finlayson ... James
Katherine Grant ... Tourist
George Rowe George Rowe ... Arab
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sammy Brooks Sammy Brooks
Billy Engle
William Gillespie William Gillespie ... French officer
Mark Jones ... Arab leader
Merta Sterling
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson ... Arab


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1920s | french foreign legion | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

9 December 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sables chauds See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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the evolution of Mr. Laurel
3 March 2002 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's a gag comedy from 1923 that makes fun of the French Foreign Legion Stories of P.C. Wren.... or at least uses them as a jumping-off point. Stan shows up at a Foreign Legion post in a high-crowned hat, jacket and heavy mascara blotches under the eyes. He enlists, and then has a series of short comic takes which are executed with vigor, but not too much interest. He can't march in line with other legionaires, he squirts everyone with ten gallons of champagne from a bottle, he is sentenced to be shot and uses his blindfold to blow his nose.

All of them are good gags, and were they strung together with plot or characterization, this would be a nice little comedy. Unhappily, they are not: things just happen. Perhaps it is because this print lacks most of its title cards. Mr. Laurel was still learning how to construct a film comedy at this point and it shows. Look at BEAU HUNKS instead.

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