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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance | 14 January 1944 (USA)
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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Old Baba
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Caliph Hassan
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Amara as a Girl
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Mahmoud
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Storyline

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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Alí Babá y los 40 ladrones  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Version of Ali Babá e os Quarenta Ladrões (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Forty Thieves
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennen
Music by Edward Ward
Performed by Universal Studio Chorus
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Fun Technicolor fluff, courtesy of Universal
5 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Amara (Yvette Duguay) and Ali (Scotty Beckett) exchange blood as children, to symbolize their love. They are separated, and Alis' father, Caliph of Baghdad, is murdered. Ali gets away, finds the Forty Thieves' lair, and falls asleep. He is discovered, but allowed to live. Ten years go by. Ali (Hall) finds Amara (Montez) bathing. The delirious plot goes from there, making brief stops in the land of operetta and mis-choreographed musical numbers.

The person in charge of Technicolor went wild in this film. The characters' clothes are color coordinated with their surroundings (the escaped prince is wearing pink and white--the boulders surrounding him are white and pink, etc). There is one main castle--it changes color depending on whether it's day or night, and according to what colors Montez is wearing. The insides of the castle change color from shot to shot, from green to beige to pink. William Fritzsche, Universal's Associate Technicolor consultant, created a dream world where the sky can be green (literally) and anything can happen.

The actors' looks are more important than their performances. Jon Hall is predictably heroic and dim. Maria Montez is drop dead gorgeous; her accent is thicker than usual, and she rolls her r's for some reason, making it hard to guess what some of her lines are. Turhan Bey is good in a bad guy/good guy role. Andy Devine has a relatively small role, so he doesn't do much damage.

This blissfully silly romp is worth seeking out.


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