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Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 January 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
BOOTY... prize of a king... slave of a rogue! See more »
Plot:
A boy prince, raised by forty thieves, takes revenge on the Mongol invaders who murdered his father and stole his kingdom. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES (Arthur Lubin, 1944) **1/2 See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maria Montez ... Amara
Jon Hall ... Ali Baba
Turhan Bey ... Jamiel

Andy Devine ... Abdullah
Kurt Katch ... Hulagu Khan
Frank Puglia ... Prince Cassim
Fortunio Bonanova ... Old Baba
Moroni Olsen ... Caliph Hassan
Ramsay Ames ... Nalu
Chris-Pin Martin ... Fat Thief
Scotty Beckett ... Ali Baba as a Child
Yvette Duguay ... Amara as a Girl
Noel Cravat ... Mongol Captain
Jimmy Conlin ... Little Thief
Harry Cording ... Mahmoud
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Agresti ... Mongol Captain (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Mongol Guard (uncredited)
Jerome Andrews ... Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Mongol Captain (uncredited)
Alphonse Bergé ... Tailor (uncredited)
Eric Braunsteiner ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ed Brown ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Calvert ... Thief (uncredited)
Fred Cavens ... Thief (uncredited)
Dick D'Arcy ... Dancer (uncredited)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Arab Giant (uncredited)
Dick Dickinson ... Thief (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Arab Major Domo (uncredited)
Martin Faust ... Thief (uncredited)
Alex Goudavich ... Dancer (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ... Thief (uncredited)
David Heywood ... Thief (uncredited)
James Khan ... Persian Prince (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Thief (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Guard (uncredited)
George Martin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Don McGill ... Guard (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Mongol Guard (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
Alma M. Pappas ... Princess Kanza Omar (uncredited)
Theodore Patay ... Arab Priest (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Thief (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Thief (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... Dancer (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Arab Dwarf (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Barber (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Guard (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Mongol Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
 
Writing credits
Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
 
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene 
George Robinson 
 
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth  (as Russell Schoengarth)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Richard H. Riedel 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Ira Webb  (as Ira S. Webb)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West 
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (as Jack Pierce)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (as Charles Gould)
Ray Taylor .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Robert Pritchard .... sound technician
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography
 
Stunts
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward Ward .... musical director
Harold Zweifel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... associate technicolor color director
Jamiel Hasson .... technical advisor
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Stacy Keach Sr. .... dialogue director (as Stacy Keach)
Paul Oscard .... choreographer
Fred Cavens .... fencing instructor (uncredited)
Jimmy Phillips .... horse expert (uncredited)
 

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87 min | Argentina:90 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Song of the Forty ThievesSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES (Arthur Lubin, 1944) **1/2, 8 April 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

The Alexander Korda production of THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940) - still the quintessential Arabian Nights movie - led to a spate of colorful romps made by Hollywood studios to escape the grim everyday realities of WWII; this may not be the best or even the most enjoyable of the lot but is reasonably representative of this fantasy sub-genre.

Actually, I had intended to watch this over last year's Christmas period as it was shown on Italian TV very early one morning but the transmission started even earlier than expected and consequently I had to abort the viewing; therefore, I am grateful that (in spite of some deficiencies which I'll get to later) I remedied this through a copy of the Asian DVD I've just gotten hold of.

The film obviously deals with the famous tale of the title but here Ali Baba (Jon Hall) is the son of a deposed (and subsequently murdered) Caliph who as a boy (played by Scotty Beckett) found refuge in the thieves' hide-out inside the cave and was raised by their leader (Fortunio Bonanova) as his own son. Meanwhile, Ali's childhood friend grows up to be Maria Montez and is naturally coveted by the evil tyrant now in power at Bagdad (Kurt Katch). Andy Devine is also on hand to provide some mild comic relief as Baba's "nursemaid" and Turhan Bey (like Hall and Montez, also a regular in such diversions) is Montez's only male slave and sympathetic to Ali's cause.

As I said, the film is fairly entertaining and, as can be expected from a grade-A Universal production, handsomely mounted but it mainly survives nowadays on its high quotient of nostalgia both to people of my father's generation (who were around when this subgenre was still in full bloom) and to others who, like me, grew up on these things when they played during the summer holidays on TV. To get back to the presentation of the film on the disc I watched: while the all-important colors were not as vibrant as a full-blown restoration job would have made them look, the print was serviceable all around...were it not for the very odd fact that it omitted the opening and closing credits completely!

In any case, this satisfactory viewing has brought back fond childhood memories of similar costume pictures and has certainly whetted my appetite for more; I also received a bunch of Sinbad pictures at the same time that this disc arrived and I ought to purchase the recently released DVD of ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942) one of these days - although, frankly, I think Universal missed the boat when they didn't release it as part of an Arabian Nights franchise collection which could have also included, apart from ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES itself, any of the following: BAGDAD (1949), THE DESERT HAWK (1950), FLAME OF ARABY (1951), THE PRINCE WHO WAS A THIEF (1951) and SON OF ALI BABA (1952). This is not to mention many other such extravaganzas made by other film studios which are still unreleased on DVD like ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS (1945), SINBAD THE SAILOR (1947), THIEF OF DAMASCUS (1952), SON OF SINBAD (1955), THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1961; an Italian remake with Steve Reeves supervised by ALI BABA helmer, Arthur Lubin), THE WONDERS OF ALADDIN (1961; another Italian production which utilized the now legendary and multi-faceted talents of Mario Bava), etc. One final thing: I once missed out on a TV screening of the 1954 French version of ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES starring Fernandel and directed by Jacques Becker and, even though it doesn't have much of a reputation (especially within its director's considerable canon), I'd love to watch it for myself one day...

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