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Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 25 September 1950 (Sweden)
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 ... See full summary »

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Nicole Dupre
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Sgt. Axmann
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Sheik Hamud El Khalid
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Hassam--Auctioneer
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Frankie--Loan Shark
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Abdullah (as Wee Willie Davis)
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Abou Ben
Sammy Menacker ...
Bertram the Magnificent (as Sam Menacker)
Jack Raymond ...
Ali Ami
Fred Nurney ...
Commandant
Paul Fierro ...
Ibn
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Ibrim
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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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$735,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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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

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?
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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Its Abbott and Costello, it ain't Henry V
2 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Okayish piece of nonsense wherein Bud and Lou are on the case of a wrestler in Algiers. Not their greatest work (or their worst). Some laughs, some groans but hey, did anyone ever have the pathos of poor old Lou?

Some funny stuff when the dynamicless duo are lost in the desert. Few cornball gags and some really really crappy production effects. It was obviously shot principally in a studio and it shows!

Next please!


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