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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.

Director:

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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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

One of the few instances where the boys used their real first names. See more »

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When the group, in Axmann's Jeep, rounds the corner with the man on the hood, the wire that pulls off the bed with the man on it can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Bud Jones: What's the idea of teaching midgets to wrestle?
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
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A glowing tribute and satire of professional wrestling
3 August 2003 | by solongsuckersSee all my reviews

This movie is pretty much a combination of Abbott and Costello meet the Invisible Man and Lost in Alaska. A sheik/professional wrestler leaves the camp of Bud and Lou to return to his native Africa. Bud and Lou, on the verge of losing $5,000, follow him to try and bring him back. They get duped into joining the French foreign legion in the area and deal with a french spy and a traitor in the legion. For a former long time pro wrestling fanatic like me, this movie makes me laugh, mostly because I used to take wrestling so seriously. The intro is great, especially Bud Abbott, who shows passion that he would only show periodically in the team's later years. The chemistry is good in the scenes in Africa until the boys join the legion when the movie stalls slightly. There is a funny bit with Costello manning a machine gun and a hilarious miscounting scene that is the best bit in the film. Some great pro wrestling nonsense and a chaotic ending finish the film. This is one of the Abbott and Costello flicks that I missed seeing in my youth. Other then the wrestling bits and some really beautiful women, Abbott and Costello and their routines carry this one.


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