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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 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Probably the best "Arabian Nights" film ever made. See more (91 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
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's 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)
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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 | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #02749) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
The first assigned director, Ludwig Berger, wanted his old friend, 80-year-old Austrian operetta composer Oscar Straus, to compose the score. Miklós Rózsa only won the assignment by sitting in an office adjoining Berger's and playing his catchy melodies over and over. The Viennese waltzes that Straus had supplied were quickly dropped in favor of Rozsa's sweeping and colorful score.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The wires used to suspend the flying carpet are visible in the last scene of Abu on the carpet. The film was originally shot in three strip Technicolor, with prints made using a dye transfer process that resulted in a slight reduction in overall resolution. This reduction in resolution hid the wires in original prints, making them invisible. Modern prints, especially on Hi-Def DVDs, have restored the resolution making the support wires plainly visible.See more »
Quotes:
Genie:You're a clever little man little master of the universe, but mortals are weak and frail. If their stomach speaks, they forget their brain. If their brain speaks, they forget their heart. And if their heart speaks
[laughter]
Genie:... they forget everything.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Uncensored (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
The SeaSee more »

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49 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Probably the best "Arabian Nights" film ever made., 6 March 1999
Author: otter from Mountain View, Ca.

Most of the genre of "Arabian Nights" films were silly, cheesy, low-budget things, like "The Prince Who Was A Thief" starring Tony Curtis as an Arabian prince with a Brooklyn accent. This is an exception: A genuinely magical film, one of the best fantasy films ever made.

A beautiful film made in the most glowing of technicolors, it tells the simple story of a boy thief (Sabu) meeting a dethroned prince (the gorgeous John Justin), and helping him defeat the wonderfully evil usurper Conrad Veidt. Like "The Wizard of Oz" made the year before, the performances are so good that you believe in what you see on the screen. Flying carpets and horses, towering genies, dancing idols, it all seems perfectly believable and exiting. A classic.

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