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A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he organizes work programs, taxes the rich and abolishes the army. Written by
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I hope you'll enjoy what we've got - if you don't mind taking pot luck?
Can I get a hot dog and a bottle of pop?
Hot dog? Pop?
That's the great national diet in America. I've just come from there.
America? Where is that?
A great open space between New York and Hollywood.
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Delightful satire on Hollywood, politics, society and the New Deal
This is a very funny, very sophisticated comedy - a satire aimed by Hollywood at itself as well as American society, politics and the New Deal. Cantor is in top form as an autograph-seeking, movie star-loving hobo, who wanders onto a set and is cast as an extra. A knockout has him thinking he is in old Baghdad and in the grand tradition of "A Connecticut Yankee", he is hailed as the magician, Ali Baba, and proceeds to reform the ancient empire along the lines of American Democracy. The writing is excellent (surprising it didn't get an Oscar nom in this category)and the lines and situations are still very funny. This is one topical film that does not date. There is a marvelous special effects sequence with a flying carpet, involving a fight thereon and a sequence where it is set afire with Cantor hurrying back to safety as it burns away around him - had there been a special effects Oscar category in 1937 it would most surely have garnered a nom here as well. Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee) plays the Sultana- badly. Roland Young is a bemused Sultan and Tony Martin sings a few songs. Musical Numbers: Laugh Your Way Through Life; Swing Is Here To Stay; Vote For Honest Abe. This is one to seek out and treasure - highly enjoyable.
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