Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)

79-80 or 82 mins | Comedy, Adventure | August 1950

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HISTORY

The title cards on the viewed print read: "Universal-International presents Bud Abbott Lou Costello in the Foreign Legion." The film was also reviewed under the title Foreign Legion ... More Less

The title cards on the viewed print read: "Universal-International presents Bud Abbott Lou Costello in the Foreign Legion." The film was also reviewed under the title Foreign Legion . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Jul 1950.
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Daily Variety
12 Jul 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Jul 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 50
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Jul 50
p. 389.
New York Times
14 Aug 50
p. 14.
Variety
12 Jul 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Foreign Legion
Bud Abbott Lou Costello in the Foreign Legion
Release Date:
August 1950
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 August 1950
Production Date:
late April--late May 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
11 August 1950
Copyright Number:
LP266
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79-80 or 82
Length(in feet):
7,147
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14654
SYNOPSIS

In Brooklyn, while rehearsing for his wrestling match against Bertram the Magnificent, Abdullah, the Arabian Assassin, complains that promoters Bud Jones and Lou Hotchkiss want him to lose the match. Abdullah, the wrestling champion of North Africa, argues that he has never lost a match, but when Bud insists that he lose this one, the Arab decides to break his contract with the promoters and return to Algiers. Having borrowed $5,000 from mobster Frankie to import the wrestler to the United States, Bud and Lou decide to go to Algiers themselves to bring Abdullah back. Unknown to the promoters, Abdullah is the cousin of Sheik Hamud El Khalid, a tribal chief who is attempting to extort money from the company that is building a railroad in Algiers. Lou and Bud are mistaken for railroad agents by Hamud's men, who then make numerous attempts to kill Bud. Lou further infuriates Hamud when he mistakenly outbids the sheik for six slave girls at an auction. In order to escape Hamud's men, Bud and Lou mistakenly join the French Foreign Legion, unaware that their sergeant, Axmann, is a traitor working in league with the sheik. Later, Bud and Lou are sent into town by the commandant to meet with Nicole Dupree, a French undercover agent. Axmann, however, sets a trap for the two, but they manage to escape it. Bud and Lou tell Nicole that Axmann is the traitor, but the spy tells them that she needs proof of the sergeant's duplicity. The two then search Axmann's quarters for evidence, but are caught by the evil sergeant, who sends them into the ... +


In Brooklyn, while rehearsing for his wrestling match against Bertram the Magnificent, Abdullah, the Arabian Assassin, complains that promoters Bud Jones and Lou Hotchkiss want him to lose the match. Abdullah, the wrestling champion of North Africa, argues that he has never lost a match, but when Bud insists that he lose this one, the Arab decides to break his contract with the promoters and return to Algiers. Having borrowed $5,000 from mobster Frankie to import the wrestler to the United States, Bud and Lou decide to go to Algiers themselves to bring Abdullah back. Unknown to the promoters, Abdullah is the cousin of Sheik Hamud El Khalid, a tribal chief who is attempting to extort money from the company that is building a railroad in Algiers. Lou and Bud are mistaken for railroad agents by Hamud's men, who then make numerous attempts to kill Bud. Lou further infuriates Hamud when he mistakenly outbids the sheik for six slave girls at an auction. In order to escape Hamud's men, Bud and Lou mistakenly join the French Foreign Legion, unaware that their sergeant, Axmann, is a traitor working in league with the sheik. Later, Bud and Lou are sent into town by the commandant to meet with Nicole Dupree, a French undercover agent. Axmann, however, sets a trap for the two, but they manage to escape it. Bud and Lou tell Nicole that Axmann is the traitor, but the spy tells them that she needs proof of the sergeant's duplicity. The two then search Axmann's quarters for evidence, but are caught by the evil sergeant, who sends them into the desert as reinforcements for a beleaguered Legion battalion. Later, Bud and Lou escape a deadly attack by Hamud's men when they leave their posts to search for a missing camel. The two then wander the desert until they stumble across an oasis. There, Bud and Lou are captured by Hamud's men, and taken to the sheik's camp, where they are soon joined by Nicole, who has been captured by Axmann. Later, Hamud orders Abdullah to kill Bud and Lou in a wrestling match, but the wrestler agrees to help the two escape if they will take him back to Brooklyn, so that he can avoid an arranged marriage with Hamud's ugly daughter. With Abdullah and Nicole's help, Bud and Lou make their escape. The four trick their pursuers into entering an empty Legionnaire fort, which they then blow up. Afterward, Bud and Lou receive medals for their bravery, along with their discharges from the Legion. As they leave, Bud insists on inspecting the trailer Lou claims is filled with "knickknacks," only to discover it is filled with beautiful slave girls. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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