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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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NewsDesk:
(12 articles)
Warners Plans Seven Film "Arabian Nights" Saga
 (From Dark Horizons. 23 July 2014, 4:33 PM, PDT)

Warner Bros. Picks Up 'Arabian Nights' 7-Movie Franchise
 (From MovieWeb. 23 July 2014, 2:51 PM, PDT)

Graham Stark obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 31 October 2013, 5:07 PM, PDT)

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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)
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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 (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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Current parallel, 6 July 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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