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1 October 1954 (USA) See more »
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The girls pronounce it "Hotcha Baba!"
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In Ispahan, Persia, Hajji Baba is leaving his father's shop to seek a greater fortune, while the Princess Fawzia is trying to talk her father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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`Isn't it nice to face life together, being in love always in love.' See more (16 total) »

Cast

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John Derek ... Hajji Baba

Elaine Stewart ... Princess Fakzia

Amanda Blake ... Banah
Rosemarie Stack ... Ayesha (as Rosemarie Bowe)

Thomas Gomez ... Osman Aga

Paul Picerni ... Nurel-Din
Donald Randolph ... Caliph
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claude Akins ... Chief Executioner's Aide (uncredited)
Kenneth Alton ... Messenger (uncredited)
Bert Arnold ... Guard (uncredited)
Joanne Arnold ... Susu (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Batten ... Arabian Girl (uncredited)
Paul Baxley ... Escort Warrior (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Musa (uncredited)
Anna Lee Carroll ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Akim (uncredited)
Linda Danson ... Fabria (uncredited)
Anthony George ... Palace Guard (uncredited)
Howard Gould ... Giant Guard (uncredited)
Michael Granger ... Musa (uncredited)
Charles Heard ... Julhan, Horseman (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Kerbelai, Hajji's Barber Father (uncredited)
Eileen Howe ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Barbara James ... Zeenad (uncredited)
Kurt Katch ... Caoush (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Palace Guard (uncredited)
Beverly Kidd ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Pat Lawler ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Merchant (uncredited)
Laurette Luez ... Meriam (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... Chief Executioner (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Messenger (uncredited)
Melinda Markey ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Captain (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... The Barber (uncredited)
Anna Navarro ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Veronica Pataky ... Kulub (uncredited)
Eugenia Paul ... Shireen (uncredited)
Ed Perry ... Guard (uncredited)

Pat Sheehan ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Dolly Summers ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Robert Swan ... Guard (uncredited)
Beverly Thompson ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Joseph Waring ... Captain (uncredited)
Than Wyenn ... Auctioneer (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Weis 
 
Writing credits
Richard Collins (screenplay)

James Justinian Morier (novel) (as James Morier)

Produced by
Walter Wanger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Production Design by
Gene Allen 
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Costume Design by
Renié  (as Renie)
 
Makeup Department
Edward Polo .... makeup artist
Mary Smith .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rex Bailey .... unit manager
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Morey Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound recordist
Del Harris .... sound editor
Bruce Schoengarth .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyn Finley .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hoyningen Huene .... color consultant (as Hoyningen-Huene)
Lester A. Sansom .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director
Robert Tracy .... music editor
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Banse .... set continuity (as John L. Banse)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1954) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #17119, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Quotes:
[first lines]
[eyeing a bevy of beautiful slave girls]
Merchant:When is the auction?
Auctioneer:These girls will be sold in Masharif. They go today in Osman Aga's caravan.
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Soundtrack:
Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)See more »

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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
`Isn't it nice to face life together, being in love always in love.', 26 May 2003
Author: Ilya Mauter

The Adventures of Hajji Baba is remotely based on the book by a British writer James Morier who was actually raised in a harem and later served as an English diplomat at the court of the sultan of Iran in the first part of the 19th century. The book called The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan enjoyed quite a success at the time of its release in 1824 not only in England but also in Iran, the fact that encouraged the author to write a sequel called The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan in England where our hero is sent to learn its customs and way of life. This film version hasn't borrowed much from the book except perhaps the name of the main character – Hajji Baba (played by John Derek) and his profession – the barber whose banal, but sweet story we follow as he runs of with a beautiful but very capricious princess Fawzia (Elaine Stewart) who tries to escape from marriage to a man she isn't really crazy about which is imposed by her authoritative father Khalif (Donald Randolph) who is not particularly inclined to consider his daughter's opinion regarding choosing her lifetime partner especially when his power and monetary interests are at stake. But the main Hajji Baba's interest in helping the fugitive princess lies not in her attractive physical appearances but in a ring with a priceless emerald in it, which she happens to possess and which Hajji happens to covet. But gradually a struggle ensues inside of our hero's heart as about the change in the flow of his preferences to the girl instead of the emerald, which are also fed by the attraction the princess feels each time stronger towards the irresistible barber.

While all this internal fight is going on, our heroes come through numerous adventures most excitingly dangerous of them being caught by a band of beautiful women-outlaws several of whom were once Fawzia's personal servants who managed to escape mainly from princess' ill temper and promptly turned into bandits.

Overall Adventures of Hajji Baba is an ultimate what can be called sex and sand adventure comedy with a lot of beautiful women and sand in it all filmed in larger than life Cinemascope, which somehow covers the films poor story and is significantly helped by a pleasant title song performed by Nat King Cole which can be heard several times throughout the film - `Hajji, Hajji, Hajji, Hajji, Hajji Baba, Hajji Baba.' 7/10

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