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  • Actors: Buster Crabbe, Fuzzy Knight, Gilles Queant, Norma Eberhardt, Roger Trevielle
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EN71CC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Captain Gallant of Foreign Legion starring Buster Crabbe" on IMDb

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10 EPISODES!!!!! Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion, the classic 1950's television show, follows the adventures of Captain Michael Gallant, the Commander of the French Foreign Legion in the North African Desert. Buster Crabbe stars as the swashbuckling Captain Michael Gallant. Buster Crabbe is known for being an Olympic Swimming Champion, as well as the roles he played in Hollywood's original Tarzan and Flash Gordon. Buster Crabbe's real life son Cullen Crabbe, joins his father in this series in the role of Cuffy Sanders, the son of a slain officer who is then adopted by Captain Gallant. Pvt. Fuzzy Knight, played by Fuzzy Knight, provides comic relief in the role as Gallant's subordinate and friend. Other fine supporting cast members include: Gilles Queant as Sergeant Duval, Norma Eberhardt as Carla, and Roger Trevielle as The Colonel. This unique cast provides realism to the series, as Captain Gallant and his brave legionnaires try to keep the peace in a hostile and foreign land.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on November 12, 2008
Television's first decade represented a wonderful era for adventure shows, especially those developed for youthful audiences. While American TV production companies offered plenty of action in the way of westerns like "The Roy Rogers Show" and "The Lone Ranger," England was churning out costume adventure series like "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "William Tell." There were also a handful of continental European shows that were produced for the American syndication market, like "Flash Gordon" (Germany/France) and "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion" which was originally produced in Morocco and, later, in Italy. The common denominator in almost all of these series was a heroic "good guy" who dealt with all manner of bad guys and desperados. The "good guy" in the appropriately named "Captain Gallant" was former movie Tarzan and Flash Gordon serial star Buster Crabbe, who was in his late forties at the time of this production. Co-starring in the series were B-movie veteran "Fuzzy" Knight and Crabbe's real life son Cullen "Cuffy" Crabbe. Depending on the episode, the bad guys were either Arabs or Caucasians. Although the series was produced with the cooperation of the French Foreign Legion, it was made at a time when the Foreign Legion's presence in North Africa was declining. In fact, while season 1 episodes were filmed in Morocco, the show's production company departed Morocco after the first season due to the changing political climate there.

There has been comparatively little in the way of commercial DVD releases of this series for baby boomers that grew up watching this series during the 1950s and, in some TV markets, during the early 1960s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff K on October 17, 2010
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Keep away from this Timeless release if you have fond memories of this show. It has been butchered beyond belief!
I would imagine that if the original negative copies still existed they would probably have a runtime of 26 or more minutes, and as an adventure show of this type, were probably very tightly plotted to begin with. Unfortunately it appears that successive bouts of editing over the years to fit it in increasing amounts of advertising have left copies so heavily edited that they are annoying to watch. To be fair, it appears that the epsodes have been edited in such a way so as to leave as much continuity to the plot as possible, but this still does not alter the fact that the editing leaves the stories far from intact. I have not seen copies of some of these episodes fom other distributors such as Alpha, but one can only hope that that are in better shape than these.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Evenhuis on July 11, 2010
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The film was a little grainy, but after 50 years it is great this is still around. I was corny I realize how much the world has changed since this was on TV. I rate it at 2.5 out of 5 just okay.
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