When Sergeant Bilko was demobbed, Phil Silvers came to England to play Sergeant Nocker of the Foreign Legion in this high-spirited satire of adventure epics.
Unjustly accused of being a cheat, Beau West (Jim Dale) joins the French Foreign Legion, where he immediately falls foul of the obnoxious Sergeant Nocker and Sheikh Abdul Abulbul (Bernard Bresslaw).
Not originally a Carry On film, that title was added almost at the end of production, and didn’t even appear in the finished product.
Nevertheless, with Kenneth Williams (“there’s many a good fiddle played on an old dune”) and company in attendance, the film is a classic of the series.
Camber Sands near Rye in Sussex doubled for the Sahara Desert during filming. Shooting was stopped three times in two days because of snow!
Phil Silvers received £30,000 for his appearance – the highest fee ever paid to an actor in a Carry On film.
Bertram (Beau) Oliphant West
Captain Le Pice
Sheikh Abdul Abulbul
Lady Jane Ponsonby
Captain Humphrey Bagshaw