Jilted by his girlfriend, “Jeanie-Weenie,” Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh discipline of the Commandant. On a long march to reinforce remote Fort Arid, the boys get lost in the sands, finally reaching the Fort only to find it besieged by the fearsome Riffs. –IMDb
James Wesley Horne (December 14, 1881 – June 29, 1942) was an early American actor, screenwriter and film director. He began his career as an actor under director Sidney Olcott at Kalem Studios in 1913 and directed his first film for the company two years later.
During the silent-era Horne specialized in staging thrill scenes for features and serials. On the strength of Horne’s work in The Cruise of the Jasper B, Buster Keaton hired him to direct his 1927 comedy College. From there he moved to the Hal Roach studio, where he worked with Roach’s leading stars, Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and Our Gang. Horne’s Laurel and Hardy comedies Big Business (credited to “J. Wesley Horne”) and Way Out West are acclaimed as classics.
Horne also displayed an aptitude for directing Roach’s foreign-language versions; the American version might be staged by James Parrott, for example, but the international version would be entrusted to Horne.
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