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Director:
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Michael Hogan (story)
Michael Hogan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 January 1943 (Brazil) See more »
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Tagline:
Dashing Thieves of Baghdad...riding out of the magic and splendor of
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more »
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ARABIAN NIGHTS (John Rawlins, 1942) *** See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jon Hall ... Haroun-Al-Baschid

Maria Montez ... Scheherazade

Sabu ... Ali Ben Ali

Leif Erickson ... Kamar (as Leif Erikson)

Billy Gilbert ... Ahmad
Edgar Barrier ... Nadan
Richard Lane ... Corporal
Turhan Bey ... Captain of the Guard

John Qualen ... Aladdin

Shemp Howard ... Sinbad
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Valda

Thomas Gomez ... Hakim
Jeni Le Gon ... Dresser
Robert Greig ... Eunuch
Charles Coleman ... Eunuch
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Slaver
Emory Parnell ... Harem Sentry
Harry Cording ... Blacksmith
Robin Raymond ... Slave Girl
Carmen D'Antonio ... Harem Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Acquanetta ... Ishya (uncredited)
Carlos Alvarado ... Officer (uncredited)
Daniel Barone ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Bidder (uncredited)
John Berkes ... Blind Beggar (uncredited)
Anthony Blair ... Bidder (uncredited)
Linda Brent ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Majordomo (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Bidder (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Provost Marshal (uncredited)
Paul Clayton ... Black Boy (uncredited)
Rosemary Dempsey ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
June Ealey ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Engels ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Phyllis Forbes ... Virgin (uncredited)
Frances Gladwin ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Amador Gutierrez ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... Virgin (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Bearded Bidder (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Officer (uncredited)
Cordell Hickman ... Black Boy (uncredited)
Elyse Knox ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Bidder (uncredited)
Patsy Mace ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... Bidder (uncredited)
Edward Marmolejo ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Guard (uncredited)
Kathleen McCormack ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Bidder (uncredited)
Mary Moore ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Alice Neilson ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Veronica Pataky ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Helen Pender ... Virgin (uncredited)
Eva Puig ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Rebel Randall ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Nedra Sanders ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Peggy Satterlee ... Virgin (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Hangman (uncredited)
Pat Starling ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Bearded Bidder (uncredited)
Jean Trent ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Ben Ayassa Wadrassi ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Officer (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ... Nubian Slave (uncredited)
Duke York ... Archer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Rawlins 
 
Writing credits
Michael Hogan (story)

Michael Hogan (screenplay)

True Boardman (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Walter Wanger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner  (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Philip Cahn 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Ira Webb  (as Ira S. Webb)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (costumes: women)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
Ford Beebe .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
William R. Fox .... sound
 
Stunts
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Sabu (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Howard Greene .... associate cinematographer
William V. Skall .... associate cinematographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
 
Other crew
Jamiel Hasson .... technical advisor
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
86 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #8880) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Trivia:
Film debut of Acquanetta.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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Universal Story (1995) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
ARABIAN NIGHTS (John Rawlins, 1942) ***, 21 December 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I had long wanted to revisit this one since my one and only viewing of it had occurred long ago (back in the mid-1980s) and given that I am partial to Arabian Nights extravaganzas. Frankly, I was very disappointed that Universal decided to issue this one on DVD by itself a couple of years ago instead of releasing a Franchise Collection comprising several of its equally colorful follow-ups from the same studio; in the end, I didn't pick the disc up but, in view of the problematic copy I eventually ended up with, it would perhaps had been wiser if I did! In fact, when I first acquired it on DivX, there were severe lip-synch problems; this was remedied when I eventually converted it onto DVD-R but then there was intermittent jerkiness to the picture. Furthermore, when I played it on my Pioneer model, the picture froze with a loud buzz…thankfully, this was not repeated when I placed it into my cheaper DVD player and even the jitters were less conspicuous!

Anyway, this movie has a lot to answer for: it was the ideal form of cinematic escapism for WWII picturegoers and reaped big box office returns for Universal which ensured that they went back to the desert of Arabia for many more times thereafter in the next decade or so. Despite the generic title, the film isn't actually a filmic depiction of one of the classic stories but rather Universal's own concoction with every known ingredient thrown into the mix for added value: so it is that historical figures (Haroun-Al-Raschid) rub shoulders with mythical ones (Sinbad, Aladdin, Scheherazade) and are subverted or sanitized into the process. Dashing hero Jon Hall plays Haroun-Al-Raschid as a deposed Caliph seeking to regain his throne usurped by his villainous and seemingly love-crazed brother (Leif Ericson); the object of his unrequited affections is Scheherazade – which is actually misspelled in the credits! – played by the iconic "Queen of Technicolor" Maria Montez. Sinbad and Aladdin, then, are incongruously but humorously portrayed as amiable buffoons by familiar character actors John Qualen and Shemp Howard respectively; the latter is always on the point of spinning one of his seafaring yarns yet again before being shut up by his ill-tempered circus employer Billy Gilbert! The third lead role is taken by exotic Indian star Sabu who had already visited this territory in the quintessential Arabian Nights tale (and definitive film), the magnificent Alexander Korda production of THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940); what the film under review lacks in comparison to the latter is the omission of wizardry and special effects.

As I said, this formula proved so successful that Universal reunited variations of the star combo several times afterwards – WHITE SAVAGE (1943), ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES (1944), COBRA WOMAN (1944; see above), GYPSY WILDCAT (1944), SUDAN (1945; also helmed by Rawlins) and TANGIER (1946). Another measure of its being welcome at the time of release is the fact that ARABIAN NIGHTS was nominated for 4 Academy Awards in these categories: art direction-set decoration, cinematography (this was Universal's first three-strip Technicolor production and, over 60 years later, the colors still leap off the screen), music (Frank Skinner's score is appropriately rousing) and sound recording. In this context, the choice of John Rawlins as director – best known for the rather weak SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR (1942) – was a curious one but, in hindsight, he conducted the proceedings very capably.

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