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Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical  |  29 October 1937 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Yusuf / Tony Martin
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Sultan
June Lang ...
Princess Miriam / June Lang
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Sultana / Louise Hovick (as Louise Hovick)
Raymond Scott and His Quintet ...
Raymond Scott Quintete
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Ishak / Broderick
Virginia Field ...
Dinah
Alan Dinehart ...
Boland
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Prince Musah (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Maurice Cass ...
Omar - The Rug Maker
Warren Hymer ...
Tramp
Stanley Fields ...
Tramp
Paul Hurst ...
Captain
Sam Hayes ...
Radio Announcer
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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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29 October 1937 (USA)  »

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Nuits d'Arabie  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Final film of Douglas Fairbanks. See more »

Quotes

Ali Baba: Excuse me, who are these fellows? They're not even listening!
Sultan: They're my new musicians from Africa.
Ali Baba: Africa?
[to musicians]
Ali Baba: What part of Africa?
Sultan: I'm afraid they don't understand you. You see, they talk a strange tongue.
Ali Baba: [to musicians] Parlez-vous Français?
[No response]
Ali Baba: Se hable espanol? Capisce italian'?
[No response]
[...]
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Featured in The Day of the Locust (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Dinah
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung briefly by Eddie Cantor while walking with Dina
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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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