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Arabian Nights (1942)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure  |  8 January 1943 (Brazil)
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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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Feature film adaptation of the tales of the Arabian Nights.

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Cast

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Jon Hall ...
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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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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 See more »

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8 January 1943 (Brazil)  »

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Arabische Nächte  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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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Very silly but VERY colorful escapism
28 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This takes place in ancient Arabia. Something about a handsome man (Jon Hall) and his brother both in love with beautiful Scheherazade (Maria Montez). One is rich and powerful and the other one is poor but really loves her. Who will she choose? The plot isn't really important here. This was made to entertain audiences and giving them colorful mindless escapism...and it does that! It's shot in absolutely beautiful Techicolor--every single frame looks gorgeous. The picture never stops moving, there's plenty of action and a loud pounding score driving things along. As for the acting it's not that great. Hall and Montez are incredibly beautiful to look at but neither of them were good actors. Sabu pops up here and there helping things along. He can't act either but he's so full of energy and youth he's hard not to like. But worst of all is Shemp Howard (late one of the Three Stooges!) playing Sinbad!!!! To say he's miscast is an understatement. Still this is colorful and fast-moving--lots of fun! I give it an 8.


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