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A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 20 July 1945 (USA)
Tongue-in-cheek fantasy film set in Baghdad and loosely based on the One Thousand and One Nights medieval story.

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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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1001 Nights  »

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Phil Silvers wears his horn rim glasses throughout the film even though they were an anachronism. He was so near-sighted that he was unable to function without them. In later years he often wore contact lenses. See more »

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Referenced in Kanya Ya Ma Kan, Beyrouth (1995) See more »

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No More Women
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Performed by Cornel Wilde (dubbed by Tom Clark)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Edgar De Lange
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Not Much At Day Light, But Oh Those Arabian Nights
24 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Harry Cohn must have gotten a little jealous at all the money Universal was raking in with those Maria Montez/Jon Hall Arabian Nights films that they were grinding out. Cohn decided Columbia deserved a bit of that market itself.

What Cohn was smart in doing was playing this one tongue firmly in cheek for his sand and sandal epic. Cornel Wilde, fresh from his Oscar nominated role as Fredric Chopin at Cohn's studio, cuts a romantic and dashing figure, playing Aladdin of Cathay for laughs in a way that more serious swashbuckling rivals like Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn would never have done.

Wilde's in love with the forbidden blonde Arabian princess Adele Jergens, but it is forbidden for him to rise above his station. Cornel's going to need some supernatural help and he finds it in the person of the genie with a lamp, in this case not Barbara Eden, but the one who must have been her inspiration, Evelyn Keyes.

Though she's crushing out on Wilde big time, Keyes does help him in his romantic quest and coincidentally works against plot by the dastardly twin brother of the sultan to usurp the throne. That would be Dennis Hoey who is clearly enjoying hamming up, both roles.

Phil Silvers is around as well as the jive talking Abdullah who rumor hath it was born some 600 years ahead of his time.

Part homage to The Thief of Bagdad and part Road to Morocco as well, A Thousand and One Nights is enjoyable enough because it doesn't take itself too seriously even as satire.

But what about hard working Evelyn, what's her reward. Think The Palm Beach Story and remember she does have a magic lamp.


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