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Writers:
Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue)
Lajos Biró (scenario by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Thousand and One Sights from One Thousand and One Nights See more »
Plot:
After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
There is magic in the number three... See more (99 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Conrad Veidt ... Jaffar

Sabu ... Abu

June Duprez ... Princess

John Justin ... Ahmad

Rex Ingram ... Djinn
Miles Malleson ... Sultan
Morton Selten ... The Old King

Mary Morris ... Halima / Six-Armed Lady
Bruce Winston ... The Merchant
Hay Petrie ... Astrologer
Adelaide Hall ... Singer
Roy Emerton ... Jailer
Allan Jeayes ... The Story Teller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick Burtwell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joseph Cozier ... Man Selling Fish (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Man of Basra (uncredited)
Henry Hallett ... Citizen (uncredited)
Miki Hood ... Citizen (uncredited)

Glynis Johns ... Princess' Maid (uncredited)
Alexander Laine ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Cleo Laine ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Sylvia Laine ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Spoli Mills ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Leslie Phillips ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Norman Pierce ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Salew ... Fish Peddler (uncredited)
Mark Stone ... Masrur (uncredited)
Frank Tickle ... Citizen (uncredited)
Otto Wallen ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by
Ludwig Berger 
Michael Powell 
Tim Whelan 
Alexander Korda (uncredited)
Zoltan Korda (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue)

Lajos Biró (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro)

Miklós Rózsa (story) (as Miklos Rozsa)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer
Zoltan Korda .... associate producer
William Cameron Menzies .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Crichton (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Vincent Korda (production designed in color by)
 
Art Direction by
Vincent Korda (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong (costumes designed by)
Oliver Messel (costumes designed by)
Marcel Vertès  (as Marcel Vertes)
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist: Rex Ingram (uncredited)
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tom Shenton .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Boothby .... associate director
Charles David .... associate director
Jack Clayton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
W. Percy Day .... scenic backgrounds (as Percy Day)
Ferdinand Bellan .... associate art director (uncredited)
W. Percy Day .... associate art director (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies .... associate art director (uncredited)
Frederick Pusey .... associate art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
John W. Mitchell .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Jack Whitney .... special sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (as Lawrence Butler)
Tom Howard .... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Mills .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... associate photographer
Georges Périnal .... chief photographer (as George Perinal)
Henty Henty-Creer .... camera operator: exteriors (uncredited)
Peter Hopkinson .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Krasker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Bill Wall .... chief electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
Peter R. Hunt .... associate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Miklós Rózsa .... songs by (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Alexander Korda .... presenter
André De Toth .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Wendy Toye .... dance instructor: mechanical doll dance (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1946) | Norway:A | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #02749) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
Filming began in Britain, but because of the Blitz--the German air raids on London--the production relocated to Hollywood. There was such a long break in production that Sabu's early scenes had to be re-shot because he had grown several inches.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Despite taking place in the ancient Middle East, several scenes show local people speaking in Hindi, which is spoken in India. (Again, it's "Oriental" enough for a 1940s audience not to notice.)See more »
Quotes:
Ahmad:Are men only to be ruled by fear?
Jafar:Men are evil. Hatred behind their eyes, lies on their lips, betrayal in their hearts. You will learn one day, Great King, that there are three things that men respect: the lash that descends, the yoke that breaks, and the sword that slays. By the power and terror of these you may conquer the earth.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Want To Be A SailorSee more »

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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
There is magic in the number three..., 17 June 2003
Author: Artemis-9 from Portugal

Three flash-backs introduce the main characters (Abu, Jaffar, and the Princess) who will interact with Ahmad; three are the songs, each linked to those same characters. Three times does Ahmad pronounce the absolute word 'Time', in his declaration of love to the Princess, answering her three questions at their first of three meetings. So strong is the impression he causes, that the Princess will resist the three attempts by Jaffar to conquer her - by three successive ploys: deceit, hypnosis, and memory erasing. Yet, Jaffar owns what he describes as the three inescapable instruments of domination over a woman: the whip, the power, and the sword. Three is the number of flying entities: the mechanical-horse, the Genie, and the The Genie and the magic carpet. The Genie offers three wishes to Abu at their first of three encounters; three times does the Genie laugh loud in the mountain gorges, and three are his considerations about human frailty, before he departs. Abu overcomes three obstacles in the Temple of Dawn (armed guards, giant-spider, and giant-octopus). Three are the instruments of justice: the magical eye that shows Abu the future, the magical carpet that transports him just in time to save Ahmad and the Princess, and the bow-and-arrow to execute Jaffar. There's magic in the number three, and there is magic in this movie.

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