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Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)

Two Brooklyn wrestling promoters go to French Algeria in search of a famous Algerian wrestler but accidentally end-up in the French Foreign Legion.

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Charles Lamont

Writers:

D.D. Beauchamp (story), John Grant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Sammy Menacker ... Bertram the Magnificent (as Sam Menacker)
Jack Raymond Jack Raymond ... Ali Ami
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Commandant
Paul Fierro Paul Fierro ... Ibn
Henry Corden ... Ibrim
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Storyline

Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with the nasty Sheik Hamud El Khalid. Bits include Lou's mirage sightings, one a New York newsboy ("they gave me a bad corner"). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bud Abbott Lou Costello in the Foreign Legion See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$735,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,250,000, 31 December 1950
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

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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Connections

Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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23 January 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with the nasty Sheik Hamud El Khalid.

The plots of the various movies don't really matter one way or the other. What really matters are the gags. I felt like the gags in this one fell a bit short. The centerpiece is a scene concerning a mirage, which never really hit its peak. And the verbal banter that these two are best at is absent, and that is disappointing.

The movie does work as sort of a cultural artifact about what Americans (or Hollywood) thought of the Middle East in 1950. While not outright offensive in any way, some of it seems surprisingly ignorant. But then again, I could probably argue that the situation has not improved in the last 60 years.


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