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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)

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A boy prince, raised by forty thieves, takes revenge on the Mongol invaders who murdered his father and stole his kingdom.

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Amara
Jon Hall ...
Turhan Bey ...
Jamiel
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Abdullah
Kurt Katch ...
Frank Puglia ...
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Old Baba
Moroni Olsen ...
Caliph Hassan
Ramsay Ames ...
Nalu
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Fat Thief
Scotty Beckett ...
Yvette Duguay ...
Amara as a Girl
Noel Cravat ...
Mongol Captain
Jimmy Conlin ...
Little Thief
Harry Cording ...
Mahmoud
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Ali Baba, son of the Kalif of Bagdad is brought up by the 40 Thieves after his father is killed by the soldiers of Hugalu Khan, who received the necessary information by traitor Cassim. Ali becomes the leader of the thieves and they are fighting for the freedom of his land. Per chance Ali captures the fiancée of Hugalu Khan, who turns out to be his girl friend Amara. After a few misunderstandings Ali uses her wedding day with Hugalu Khan as the day for the liberation of Bagdad. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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When beauty was the booty and the prize of all was love! Raiders! Slavers! Riches and Rogues...when beauty was the booty--- and the prize of all was love! See more »


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14 January 1944 (USA)  »

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Ali Baba en de veertig rovers  »

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The movie does not follow the plot of the original story except in the scene where the 40 thieves are stuffed in jars and then brought to the palace as a gift for the villain, Hulagu Khan. See more »

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When the thieves are singing as they return to the cave the camera is leading them. The tire tracks of the camera car are plainly visible in the sand in front of the horse's hooves. See more »

Quotes

Abdullah: For a man's country or his stomach he might bid his life; even for his horse. Never, never for a woman.
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Song of the Forty Thieves
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennen
Music by Edward Ward
Performed by Universal Studio Chorus
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6 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves came out in 1944 we and most of the rest of the world were waging war against tyranny. Although this retelling of the famous Arabian Nights tale about as far removed from the current situation as you could get, still the folks at Universal Pictures definitely had the current war in mind.

The Mongols are bent on world conquest and they've reached the Caliphate of Bagdad and as the Caliph Moroni Olsen is preparing to counterattack he's betrayed by one of his key noble allies Frank Puglia. Olsen is killed but his son escapes and lives. The boy Scotty Beckett grows up to be Jon Hall and seeks refuge among the band of thieves who have that legendary magic cave where they hide out and stash their loot that opens with the words 'open sesame'. Their leader Fortunio Bonanova adopts the boy and the young prince becomes a thief.

At the palace the young girl he played with as a kid is Puglia's daughter and she grows up to be Maria Montez. Puglia has big plans for her, he wants Montez to marry the great Hulagu Khan himself played by Kurt Katch.

The casting of Katch who incidentally in real life was Jewish played any number of Nazi thug types during and after the war. The casting here was by no means an accident. And Puglia could be taken for any number of collaborator figures like Quisling or Laval. The meaning was quite clear to World War II audiences.

Jon Hall and Maria Montez made any number of these kinds of exotic adventure films for Universal Pictures and became a popular screen team. They look as Middle Eastern as Barry Fitzgerald, but they were good looking and the movie-going public ate it up.

The film is easy to take with clear cut heroes and villains. Which in 1944 no one could mistake.


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