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Arabian Nights (1942)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure | 8 January 1943 (Brazil)
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 overview, first billed only:
Kamar (as Leif Erikson)
Edgar Barrier ...
Richard Lane ...
Captain of the Guard
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Charles Coleman ...


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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Release Date:

8 January 1943 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Arabische Nächte  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Superlative Technicolor effort
13 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arabian Nights is one of the best early Technicolor efforts out of Hollywood and it really shows. It is great fun with a little something for everyone. The DVD is an excellent transfer and the color is beautiful on my new plasma HD TV. For the kids, its a simple action film with good good caliphs and bad caliphs. For the men, there's the gorgeous Maria Montez (OK, so the boys will enjoy her too.) For the ladies, the costuming will simply amaze you. This film can be watched by everyone except small children (a couple of killings - non graphic and 1 torture scene - also non graphic). Highly recommend for families with children 8 and over yrs old. Us older folks will enjoy it too. You can watch this many times. It won't get old.

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