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Arabian Nights (1942)

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The caliph of Baghdad must go into hiding with a group of traveling performers when his brother usurps the throne. Both brothers desire a beautiful dancing girl, who is torn between power and true love.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hall ...
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Ali Ben Ali
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Kamar (as Leif Erikson)
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Edgar Barrier ...
Nadan
Richard Lane ...
Corporal
Turhan Bey ...
Captain of the Guard
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William 'Wee Willie' Davis ...
Valda
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Hakim
Jeni Le Gon ...
Dresser
Robert Greig ...
Eunuch
Charles Coleman ...
Eunuch
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Storyline

Dancer Sherazade was told by the stars that she will become wife of the kalif in Bagdad. She tells Kamar, brother of kalif Haroun. He planned a coup d'etat, which failed at first, but supported by the wasir he finally succeeds. Haroun is injured and gets help from Ahmad's actor troupe, where he is nursed by Sherazade, who doesn't recognise him. When she hears that Kamar is looking for her she goes to him, but is sold with the complete troupe of actors to slavery. They're able to escape, but Haroun is still in danger. To save him, Sherazade agrees to poison Kamar, but Haroun tries to establish his rulership first. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Dashing Thieves of Baghdad...riding out of the magic and splendor of

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Action | Adventure

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24 January 1944 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Arabische Nächte  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film marks the first use of 3-strip Technicolor by Universal. See more »

Quotes

Kamar: [to Captain of the Guard] Son of infamy! Every bone in your body shall be broken if you continue to defy me!
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Spectacular spectacle
15 November 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film when it appeared in 1942, during WWII, a time of tension and uncertainity. It was great escape. The villains were villainous, the heroes heroic. The drama was dramatic and the storyline warm and fuzzy. Seeing it on video has allowed me to revisit that past time when as a child the world was uncertain and it was possible to escape into a costume-splendoured fantasy where the hero gets the girl, saves the kingdom and justice is served. There's nothing ever wrong with that.


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