The legend of Ali Baba and the forty thieves: Ali Baba discovers a hidden cave where a band of thieves have stored their enormous treasure. Cassim also learns about the cave, but he is ... See full summary »
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The legend of Ali Baba and the forty thieves: Ali Baba discovers a hidden cave where a band of thieves have stored their enormous treasure. Cassim also learns about the cave, but he is caught by the thieves and put to death. Knowing that their secret has been found out, the thieves devise a trick in an attempt to kill Ali Baba and anyone else who might know about their hiding place. Written by
This old version of the legend of Ali Baba is quite colorful (featuring the old laborious hand-tinting technique), and it has a couple of good special visual effects, but it is otherwise rather uninspired. The way that it presents the story is somewhat choppy, the characters are never developed very far, and the scenario doesn't really do very much with the high points of the story.
This same production team had previously made a film version of the legend of Aladdin, and that movie works much better than does their "Ali Baba". The story of "Ali Baba" is also interesting enough that it could be made into a good short movie, but at least in this one there is some unrealized potential.
It's still probably still worth watching for its historical interest, for those who enjoy finding and watching these very old movies. Its color alone makes it interesting for its time, but it's not really one of the best efforts of the era.
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