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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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

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 »

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 »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Desert Comedy.
27 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Abbott & Costello play Bud Jones & Lou Hotchkiss, two wrestling promoters who try to track down their wayward Arabian wrestler, who has gone back home to Algiers. Upon arrival, they are tricked by a rival sheik into joining the Foreign Legion, where their lives are threatened, yet many comedic mishaps ensue, including an extended sequence of being lost in the desert, desperate for water, and seeing mirages, including an oasis of fresh water. Or is it a mirage, and will these guys make it out alive? Mediocre film in which the desert mirage sequence is by far the highlight. Otherwise, this is very familiar stuff that just isn't so funny this time around.


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