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Director:
Writers:
Michael Hogan (story)
Michael Hogan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 January 1944 (Sweden) 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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Splendid sand and sandal epic in glorious technicolor... 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)
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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:
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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992)See more »

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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Splendid sand and sandal epic in glorious technicolor..., 30 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Since I've recently written an article on MARIA MONTEZ, let me quote directly from it to describe this Maria Montez/Jon Hall/Sabu outing:

"The fact that she couldn't sing or dance seemed to be no obstacle to Maria since she was brimming with confidence--although aside from voice dubbing, it was later revealed that a dance double was used to perform parts of her routine.

With Walter Wanger in charge of its lavish production, she was given "Arabian Nights" ('42), a classic fantasy tale that--fortunately--no one was expected to take seriously. As if to make sure of that, the trio of stars were supported by one of The Three Stooges (Shemp Howard) as Sinbad. Another supporting player in the cast was Turhan Bey who would eventually be promoted to co-starring roles with Montez. The boyish Sabu, no longer under contract to Alexander Korda, proved to be one of the most charming ingredients of the film and played a huge role in the story which had Montez captured by an evil caliph and rescued by Sabu who rides through the desert sands to rescue her.

With Montez in filmy silks, gaudy baubles and turbaned headdress looking like a fairy-tale princess and muscular Jon Hall sharing the romantic interludes, audience response was enthusiastic. The lavish production values, exotic settings and personable trio made the tale satisfying for patrons seeking easy-on-the-eye entertainment. Lee Mortimer of the N.Y. Daily Mirror noted: 'After her performance in this opus, Maria Montez climbs several steps in everybody's estimation.'

And apparently, the public agreed because it was a huge hit."

For pure escapism, you couldn't beat these Maria Montez-Jon Hall films with the accent on adventure and romance in exotic settings and all designed to showcase her Latin beauty. More discriminating viewers noted that the acting was on a grade school level despite the big budget of most of the technicolor films she appeared in.

By the way, the article will appear in an upcoming issue of CLASSIC IMAGES.

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