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Chu Chin Chow (1934)

Musical retelling of the "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" Arabian Nights tale.

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Cast

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

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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Mighty Arabian Nights of Splendor and Adventure! (USA re-release poster) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ali Baba Nights  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's name was Stan Lee's inspiration for the Marvel Comics character of Fin Fang Foom See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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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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Anna May Wong!
18 June 2017 | by (the ether) – See all my reviews

Here we go again: she's smarter, more tenacious, and of course more beautiful than anyone else. And boy, is she rugged too! This film is apparently a historically famous effort, but comes up short because there's not enough of the real star. We'll just have to take what we can get and be happy. (By the way, they've got the "Open O Sesame" bit all wrong--as Popeye showed us it's really "Open Sez Me!" And there's even a song about olive oil--but the wrong kind--they sing about the stuff you use for food, not the real Olive Oyl.)


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