Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion was a half hour black and white television series about the French Foreign Legion starring Buster Crabbe in the title role. Crabbe's real life son Cullen Crabbe played the Legion mascot with cowboy sidekick Fuzzy Knight playing himself as Legion comedy relief. The series premiered on NBC on 13 February 1955 and ended its first run with the 65th episode shown on 7 December 1957. It was shown for many years in syndication on American television under the title Foreign Legionnaire.

The first season of the television show was filmed on location in French Morocco with many real life Legionnaires and their installations featuring in the show. With increased danger to the crew, the series moved to Italy. One of the producers of the show was Harry Saltzman.

The series episodes were almost like Westerns updated to French North Africa. The French Foreign Legion genre of films continued to be as popular in the 1950's as it did in the days of silents and 1930's and 1940's.

Three episodes were spliced together as a film released in the United Kingdom called Desert Outpost (1954) directed by Sam Newfield.

Captain Gallant value and price guide

What's your 'Captain Gallant' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Item Title Date sold Price
Marx Original Playset 4730 Mar 2019 $ 750,00
Marx Playset Play Set Near Complete Free Apr 2019 $ 391,00
Marx Foreign Legion Set Figures Trees May 2019 $ 199,99
1950 S Marx Foreign Legion Tin Litho Apr 2019 $ 262,55
1950 S Marx Play Set Tin Fort French Apr 2019 $ 177,77

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Ken - May 13, 2019

I see a lot of different things showing up in the pictures of items sold. Was all of this stuff in the original set or did they sell add on items later like GI Joe or Barbie did.
►reply: They might look different but they are pretty much the same :-) but Marx also sold many accessories for their playsets, and some figures are quite rare nowadays.