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A-Lad-In Bagdad (1938)

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Hayseed Egghead arrives in the big city of Bagdad and quickly wins a magic lamp in a carnival coin-operated crane game. The shady character who was playing the game before him covets the ... See full summary »

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Villain / Genie / The Sultan / Beggar / Slap-Happy Boy (voice) (uncredited)
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Aladdin / Egghead (voice) (uncredited)
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Hayseed Egghead arrives in the big city of Bagdad and quickly wins a magic lamp in a carnival coin-operated crane game. The shady character who was playing the game before him covets the lamp, and tries to steal it. Egghead sees a poster: The sultan is having a contest for his daughter's hand in marriage. With his lamp, Egghead thinks he's a sure bet; he conjures up a magic carpet, and he's off. After a couple bad vaudeville acts, it's Egghead's turn, but in the meantime, the bad guy swapped the lamp for a coffeepot. Egghead is thrown out, then sees the bad guy using the lamp; Egghead breaks in, steals the lamp and the girl, and flies off. But she uses the lamp herself to conjure up a real hunk to replace the nerdy Egghead. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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27 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Repeated caricatures of blacks and Arabs kept it off TV for years. See more »

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References My Green Fedora (1935) See more »

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Daydreaming (All Night Long)
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Music by Harry Warren
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Egghead meets "The Graduate"
6 August 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, so "A-Lad-In Bagdad" has some racist portrayals of Arabs - and the genie looks and talks like a black-face performer - but it's still fairly clever. In this case, Aladdin is played by Elmer Fudd's prototype Egghead. After he wins the magic lamp (from a coin-operated machine!) he decides to participate in a contest to win the king's daughter. Sure enough, a thug steals the lamp.

What I mean about comparing this cartoon to "The Graduate" is that when Aladdin realizes that he's been swindled, he rushes into the palace and grabs the princess, and they both escape on his motor-powered magic carpet. This scene reminded me of what happened in "The Graduate". Of course, I may be the only person who derives that.

All in all, it's a fairly entertaining cartoon. As this is one of those hard-to-find cartoons - I suspect that they don't like to publicize cartoons containing ethnic stereotypes - you can watch it on YouTube.


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