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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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BAGDAD...Desert Port of Forbidden Allurements! See more »

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Action | Adventure

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8 January 1943 (Brazil)  »

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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action-packed adventure
9 November 2005 | by (Bath, England) – See all my reviews

This action-packed adventure film is worth a watch, but it is not exactly a memorable film, and the story line suffers - secondary to all of the action taking place. (The basic summary is about a man who ends up getting revenge and banding together with some close friends, including a slave girl who is his love interest.) It is a fun film, and the picture (shot in Technicolour) is beautiful. (Excellent landscapes, colourful costumes, and much more come to life in the vibrant colour that this film was shot in.) If you want to watch something fun that doesn't require much thinking, then this movie won't let you down.

5/10


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