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A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

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Tongue-in-cheek fantasy film set in Baghdad and loosely based on the One Thousand and One Nights medieval story.



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Cast overview:
Princess Armina
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Dennis Hoey ...
Sultan Kamar Al-Kir / Prince Hadji
Philip Van Zandt ...
Grand Wazir AbuHassan
Gus Schilling ...
Nestor Paiva ...


On the run after being found sweet-talking the Sultan's daughter, Aladdin comes upon a lamp which, when rubbed, summons up Babs the genie. He uses it to return as a visiting prince asking for the princess's hand. Unfortunately for him, the sultan's wicked twin brother has secretly usurped the throne, someone else is after the lamp for his own ends, and Babs has taken a shine to Aladdin herself and is bent on wrecking his endeavours. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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THE TECHNICOLOR STORY OF ALADDIN and his wonderful VAMP! (original ad - many caps)


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20 July 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1001 Nights  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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The hero is introduced several times as "Aladdin of Cathay" referring to Marco Polo's name for (Northern) China. In the original Arabian Nights tale, Aladdin is a Chinese lad and his adventure takes place in a rather Arabian-seeming China. No attempt is made to make Cornel Wilde look Chinese. See more »


Referenced in Once Upon a Time in Beirut (1995) See more »


I Can't Believe My Eyes
Performed by Cornel Wilde (dubbed by Tom Clark)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Edgar De Lange
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Mixed results, but fairly fun in the end
3 September 2015 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Credit has to go to the makers of this movie to step away from tradition and not make this retelling of the classic Aladdin story not totally serious, years before the Disney animated movie decided to more or less do the same. The tongue in cheek attitude does achieve some good results, the biggest and best being the casting of Phil Silvers as Aladdin's sidekick. He's a lot of fun, acting pretty goofy in most of his screen time. In fact, I kind of wished that Silvers had played the lead role rather than Cornel Wilde. I'm not saying that Wilde was a bad actor - he did show his talents in other movies - but in this particular adventure, he's made to come across as a kind of bland and generic Arabian Knights kind of hero. There's not much memorable about his character. Another problem with the movie is that there is not much in the way of action or special effects, something you've probably come to expect from movies of this kind. I'll admit the movie is never boring, it looks colorful and expensive, and with the humor the movie does manage to be kind of fun. But at the same time, you'll see hints of a movie whose full potential was not quite realized.

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