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Siren of Bagdad (1953)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 20 May 1953 (USA)
In ancient Bagdad, a magician uses his powers and his magic box to save slave girls.

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Charles Lung ...
Sultan El Malid (as Charlie Lung)
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Anne Dore ...
Leda
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Soradin
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Telar
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Morab (as Karl Davis)
Carl Milletaire ...
Hamid
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Storyline

Kazah the Great (Paul Henreid), a magician heads a troupe of girls and acrobats traveling in Arabia. The girls are stolen by Sultan El Malid Charles Lung), and Kazak joins forces with Zendi (Patricia Medina), the daughter of the rightful sultan that was deposed by Malidi to get the girls back and rid Bagdad of the evil Malid. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Very, Very Gay! When the Sultan's Away, and the Royal Magician Starts to Play...in the Harem! (original ad) See more »


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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kazah (Paul Henreid) has a two-hose hookah, and lights it with both mouthpieces in his mouth, an obvious reference to Henried's lighting two cigarettes in Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie Kazah the Great performs a trick where he makes a girl vanish from a box. After he places her in the box, he tips it over to show she's gone. Watch toward the back edge of the box and the girl's fingertips will briefly appear above the edge of the box, showing she is still lying there behind the now-tilted box. See more »

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Ben Ali: Imagine that. My name up in candles.
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Nonsense, but self-aware nonsense
27 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's a minor film indeed Paul Henreid, a boring lead But Hans Conried? I'd watch him read!

This is the kind of movie that happens if you are running an assembly line. Sooner or later everybody gets a little slap-happy and and stops taking the enterprise seriously. The story, and I suppose there is one, takes place in that fuzzy movie middle-east, the one that never existed. It clearly is set before the onset of electricity but after the invention of brightly colored fabric dyes.

Henreid plays a womanizing, swashbuckling magician with a girl in every, uh dune. This is the light-hearted breezy Paul Henreid. If anything, it shows he had a wider range than you thought. His pal/companion/assistant/whipping boy is the glorious and goony Hans Conreid. Somehow bandits "steal" all Henreid's dancing girls, and in getting them back he has to fight a corrupt Caliph and his evil assistant. The Caliph, incidentally, is dubbed by voice powerhouse Paul Frees. Can't imagine why but it's great to hear him.

Given this tired setup it's not too surprising that the enterprise just goes over-the-top goofy. They throw in film in-jokes, anachronisms, and magic tricks that would be more appropriate in a Las Vegas showroom. You're a little disappointed that Hope and Crosby don't wander in for a cameo, but they'd have to cross studio lines to do it.

I'll put it this way. If you watch too many old movies, it's pretty fun. If you never seen an old movie, this might put you off them forever.


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