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  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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(reissue) (re-edited)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of Chu-Chin-Chow (1923) See more »


from "Chu Chin Chow"
Music by Frederick Norton
Lyrics by Oscar Asche
Additional Lyrics by Sidney Gilliat
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One of the all-time greats of British film but never released on VHS.
7 September 2004 | by (amsterdam via uk) – See all my reviews

The sets are wonderful, there are songs popping up in the least expected places, the direction has a verve rarely seen elsewhere in British film and the story is adapted with guts and no fear that restraint (any) must be employed as it usually is, it seems necessarily, in British film. It's a film which goes all the way in all departments, astonishing for any age let alone for 1934, just a year after Korda's Private Lives of Henry VIII had opened things up a bit for Britfilm. It is an Arabian Nights fable, a better fantasy film even than Michael Powells (and others) Thief of Bagdad. WHY IS THIS FILM UNAVAILABLE ON VHS???? NOW THAT SOME LACK OF RESTRAINT IS ALLOWED AND POWELL AND PRESSBURGER CAN BE RECOGNISED AS GREATS, WHAT ABOUT THIS ONE WHERE ALL RESTRAINT IS THROWN OFF??

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