Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)





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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play wrestling promoters whose star attraction, Wee Willie Davis, skips town to return to his home in Arabia. While scouring the desert in search of Davis, Bud and Lou inadvertently purchase slave girl Patricia Medina, and with equal inadvertence join the Foreign Legion. In their own bumbling, inept fashion, our heroes manage to foil a desert uprising fomented by shiek Douglas Dumbrille and traitorous Legion commandant Walter Slezak. The film's highlights include an opening-scene parody of pre-rehearsed wrestling matches, a "mirage" routine capped by one of the hoariest vaudeville punchlines in history, and a runaway-jeep climax. All in all, however, Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion is one of the team's lesser efforts.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy
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Bud Abbott
as Bud Jones
Lou Costello
as Lou Hotchkiss
Patricia Medina
as Nicole Dupre
Walter Slezak
as Sgt. Axmann
Douglas Dumbrille
as Hamud El Khalid
Leon Belasco
as Hassam
Marc Lawrence
as Frankie
Tor Johnson
as Abou Ben
Fred Nurney
as Commandant
Sammy Menacker
as Bertram
Jack Raymond
as Ali Ami
Dan Seymour
as Josef
Guy Beach
as Saleem
Alberto Morin
as Lieutenant
David Gorcey
as Newsboy
Charmienne Harker
as Arab Girl
Ted Hecht
as Proprietor
Douglass Dumbrille
as Sheik Hamud El Khalid
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Critic Reviews for Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion

All Critics (2)

The beginning of the end for the comedy team, but it does have some hilarious moments.

February 17, 2008

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July 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion

Great Abbott and Costello film, though it may not be as perfect as some of their other films it's still pretty good and very funny.

Hayden Larsen
Hayden Larsen

In this film Bud and Lou get there first taste in being outside the US, Its comical to see what wasn't political correct in these days. The are on a quest to find a wrestler who broke his contract and left New York for his home tribe in Algiers. Comedy is there but again not like some of there other films. 3 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


I didn't enjoy this one as much as their cross-genre films which mix in horror elements. The pair are in Algeria looking for a famed wrestler when they are mistaken for spies by some Arabs. They are chased into the Legion's headquarters and are soon signed up for duty. They unwittingly unravel a traitor's plot, a sargent who has been working with the Arabs to hamper the development of a rail line though the country. Not surprisingly there was a lot of anti-Arab sentiment even this long ago coming from Hollywood.


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