Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Robert Arthur for Universal
directed by Charles Barton
starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patricia Medina, Walter Slezak, Douglass Dumbrille, Leon Belasco, Marc Lawrence, William 'Wee Willie' Davis, Tor Johnson, Sammy Menacker, Jack Raymond, Fred Nurney, Paul Fierro, Henry Corden
story by D.D. Beauchamp, screenplay by John Grant, Martin Ragaway, Leonard Stern
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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello have gone to Africa to look for wrestler
Abdullah (William 'Wee Willie' Davis), and they learn he is the brother of
sheik Hamoud (Douglass Dumbrille), who just happens to be the baddie of
the film, and to get away from him, Abbott and Costello join the Foreign
Legion - and are soon recruited by female spy Nicole (Patricia Medina) to
invesigate against sheik Hamoud. And before you know it, the two of them
find themselves marooned in the Sahara, then captured by Hamoud's men and
forced to wrestle against Abdullah and his menacing sparring partner (Tor
Johnson). Fortunately though, Abdullah is on their side and helps them
escape, and by some accident, Abbott and Costello manage to lure
Hamoud and his men into an abandoned fort and blow it up ...
mediocre Abbott & Costello movie - meaning it's not very
funny. It's pretty much just Abbott and Costello doing their routines once
more, with Abbott seriously lacking in charm as the straight guy while
Costello's comedy is of the childish variety. What the film seriously
lacks though are any genuine comic setpieces, all of the scenes here seem
to be interchangeable with any other Abbott & Costello
movie or are even reused from older films. On top of that, the plot is
purely functional and doesn't really build the basis for the comedy which
seems to be only tacked on.
That said, the film isn't totally bad, but
compare this one to the similar themed Bonnie Scotland starring Laurel
& Hardy and you'll see a world of a difference ...