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Chu Chin Chow (1934)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  21 September 1934 (USA)
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Musical retelling of the "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" Arabian Nights tale.



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Complete credited cast:
George Robey ...
Fritz Kortner ...
John Garrick ...
Nur-al-din Baba
Pearl Argyle ...
Marjanah, servant girl
Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' McEachern ...
Abdullah, Kassim's major-domo (as Jetsam)
Dennis Hoey ...
Rakham, chief henchman
Sydney Fairbrother ...
Mahbubah Baba, Ali's wife
Laurence Hanray ...
Kasim Baba
Frank Cochrane ...
Thelma Tuson ...
Alcolom Baba, Kassim's wife
Francis L. Sullivan ...
The Caliph (as Francis Sullivan)
Gibb McLaughlin ...
The Caliph's Vizier
Kiyoshi Takase ...
Entertainer at Feast (as Kyoshi Takase)


Ali Baba discovers the treasure cave of robber-baron Abu Hasan, and tells his greedy brother, Kasim Baba, who is posing as a Chinese merchant and entertaining Hasan, where the cache is hidden. Zahrat, acting as a spy for Hasan, is blamed when the robber is almost caught, and Kasim is killed. Zahrat then decides to join Ali and his son, Nor-al-din, who is in love with the slave-girl, Marjanal. During a party, she kills the disguised Hasan, and his men are boiled in oil. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ali Baba Nights  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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(reissue) (re-edited)

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1.37 : 1
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from "Chu Chin Chow"
Music by Frederick Norton
Lyrics by Oscar Asche
Additional Lyrics by Sidney Gilliat
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Very enjoyable
21 December 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This film would have been shown in New Zealand when I was about 7 or 8 I'm now 78. There are some films from that era that stand out in my mind and this is one of them. I must have seen thousands of films since, 95% now forgotten but I always remembered Chu Chin Chow and have waited for it in vain on TCM. Checked it out on Amazon and there it was on DVD, it arrived this morning and I have watched it in full. I'm not disappointed. It is hard to believe that this was a British production because it is way up there with the best of the Americans of the era. George Robey is great and Anna May Wong a gem. It is a DVD I'll watch more than once.

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