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Writer:
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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The Technicolor is Pretty Spiffy 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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Runtime:
87 min | Argentina:90 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
Hulagu Khan was a real person--he was the brother of Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, and the Mongol leader who conquered Iran and Baghdad, as shown in the movie. However, it's generally believed by most historians that he died of natural causes, not murder.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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6 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Technicolor is Pretty Spiffy, 14 October 2006
Author: john-2448 (john@guomai.sh.cn) from Shanghai

I'm mostly commenting just to double the number of comments on this film. The film has a nice brisk pace and attractive leads. It's mostly a fun light-hearted piece of escapist entertainment, with the only problems being that the sets, costumes, and Andy Devine all keep reminding us that it is a Hollywood film being staged for the cameras. The sets often look horribly fake, the costumes look brand new and freshly dry-cleaned, in order to look good in Technicolor one supposes. The back projections are just awful, and absurdly fake.

There's one scene when the 40 thieves are riding off furiously in a cloud of dust, as seen from a distance. Then we get a close up of the three leaders, each in turn, wearing bright clean clothes, and apparently sitting on coin-operated horses in front of some grainy back projection. It's unintentionally funny. And Andy Devine is the least convincing Arab thief ever. He's supposed to be comic relief, akin to Friar Tuck in many versions of Robin Hood. However, his line readings are awful, with his voice cracking most of the time, apparently in an attempt at humor. It's as if he strolled on to the wrong set, grabbed a freshly laundered costume and misguidedly decided to join in.

If you watch Ali Baba today, it can be viewed as a commentary on the US presence in Iraq. An outside invader (here the Mongols) has sacked and overtaken Baghdad. A popular insurrection boils in the countryside, but is dismissed by the invaders as merely the work of thieves and troublemakers. The occupier goes in for torture and bullying of the opposition, etc. The film does date from the middle of WWII, so it is unsurprising if some references to war and then-current events seeps through.

If you want to see a better film on this theme, I'd recommend Douglass Fairbanks in The Thief of Baghdad. (I haven't seen the 1940 Sabu re-make yet). Or for those more adventurous in their cinematic tastes, Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed is an amazing silhouette animation film from 1926, which is stunningly beautiful.

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