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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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Foreign Legion See more »

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Budget:

$735,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

While riding in the back of the jeep, Patricia Medina reacts visibly to something hitting her eye after the windshield is shot. See more »

Quotes

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Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
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Wee Willie Davis vs. Tor Johnson
28 March 2008 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

In Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Bud and Lou head to Algieria to find a wrestler named Abdullah who left them high and dry and owing a mobster quite a bit of money. Once there, the boys get mixed up with Sheik Hamud El Khalid (Douglas Dumbrille) and draw his ire at a slave auction. In their attempt to escape, Bud and Lou inadvertently sign-up for the French Foreign Legion. Things only get worse when they learn that their Sergeant is in cahoots with the Sheik. Now how are they going to get back to Brooklyn?

As a general rule, I'm a fan of A&C. Some of their movies (like Who Done It?, Hold that Ghost, and A&C Meet Frankenstein) I consider to be true classics. Unfortunately, by the time the boys made A&C in the Foreign Legion, much of their comedy had started to get tired and old. The movie has a "been there, done that" feel to a lot of it. For example, the "Oui vs. We" bit reminds me of several of A&C's more classic routines. Or take a look at the scene with the fish and the false teeth. To me, it shows how desperate the boys were. It's completely ridiculous and not in the least bit funny. A solid cast, however, almost makes this movie worthwhile. Douglas Dumbrille and Patricia Medina are a lot of fun. However, even though I think Dumbrille makes for a perfect villain, he's about as Algerian as I am (which is none).

Finally, one thing I really enjoyed about A&C in the Foreign Legion was the chance to see some classic, old-school wrestlers. Wee Willie Davis vs. Tor Johnson! How cool is that?


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