Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1955-57

DAD: Captain Michael Gallant (Buster Crabbe) / Single Guy

DAD’S JOB: Legionnaire

KIDS: Cuffy Sanders (Cullen Crabbe)(11)

WHERE’S MOM?: Dead – – so’s Dad – he’s an orphan.

STAND-IN “MOM”: Sergeant Du Val (Gilles Queant)

Somewhat like Rin-Tin-Tin, only subtract the dog and add the desert.

I’m pretty sure this is a first: Buster Crabbe’s foster child was played by his real-life son Cullen.

This show was shot in North Africa, but owing to the fall of the French colonies during the same time period, the series moved to Italy in the final season.

A tip of the Lorne Greene Memorial 10-Gallon Hat to Ted Dec, who pointed out this little-reviewed series. Thanks, Ted!