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Morocco, the 1930's: Bob (Ralph Forbes) is a proud member of the French
Foreign Legion - but that doesn't mean that he's particularly pleased when
his brother Don (Ben Alexander) joins the legion as well, especially when
Don falls for the wrong woman, Nina (Hala Linda), the special swetheart of
their superior Sgt Garcia (George Regas) - who lets Don suffer for trying
to get friendly with his girl once he findsw out - so much so that Don
becomes a deserter, trying to leave Morocco via Sheik Ahmad's (Roy D'Arcy)
strip of the desert. Sheik Ahmad though is a baddie, and he takes Don
captive, and his brother Bob and his sidekicks Muggsey (Paul Hurst) and
Bilgey (Jimmy Aubrey) as well when they come to rescue him. Ahmad even is
so evil he tortures Don just to make Bob, a first-class mechanic, to build
him machineguns for an uprising against the French. Ahmad has the perfect
plan for this uprising, too, but thank God Nina stops by Ahmad's camp,
where she's free to come and go as she pleases, and through her, Bob gets
information out to the legion just in time. Plus, Ahmad is stupid enough
to equip Bob, Don and friends with machineguns during the attack on the
French, and they of course turn against Ahmad's men. In the end, Muggsey,
Bilgey aqnd Don are all allowed to die a hero's death, but before dying
Don actually tells Bob it's Bob who Nina loves, not him ...
the 1930's, the French Foreign Legion in Africa was the source of many a
good story - Legion of the Missing Men unfortunately is not one of
them though, it's just a boring melodrama of the love triangle variety
that seems to be set in Africa rather by chance than by intent with hardly
any action at all. Rather forgettable, actually.