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1 October 1954 (USA) See more »
The girls pronounce it "Hotcha Baba!"
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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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
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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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1954) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #17119, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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[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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good?, No... Great!, 2 February 2014
Author: Moxy O from United States

The Adventures of Hajji Baba

This movie is excellent.

Listed as 'B' movie, which it is.

But this is no normal 'B' movie. The location scenery is superlative. In fact, some of the natural rock scenes I have seen many times in other famous movies. The direction is top notch. The acting is genuine and moving. Some very difficult lines are delivered with the utmost professionalism. EVERY actor AND EVERY actress is great! This movie is very impressive. To me, this movie is so good that it should be required viewing. The best 'B' that I have ever seen.

But this movie goes beyond that. The (especial the women's) horse riding is very good. The ladies put the men to shame. It seems that the advertisement for hiring was "beautiful breasted barrel riders need only apply". Every female actress in this movie is gorgeous. For the men, one scene near the end, where the villain gives chase... he rides with his body unmoving.

The wardrobe is inspired. The costumes are equally sparse as they are beautiful AND functional. As an aside, I would have put primal scissor cuts in the leotards of the Amazons.

The sets are also awesome. Clearly to me, a stage director had built the minimalistic but dramatic sets. It is difficult to put in words how wonderful it to see such a laconic set. But look! Masterpiece, zen like, archetypal. Very good sets.

There is one scene, which I am sure was supposed to be filtered as a night scene (when Hajji was rescuing the princess from the rope cross), was changed back to the actual film of full light. This exposed to me that the direction is tight. And the attention to detail made me, as a viewer, to more fully concentrate on the details. This made the movie more enjoyable because I have a want to be a couch coach.

There's more! I don't know how the dialog was conceived and/or refined. Some of it is very contrived but at least effective. But, some of it is also inspirational. It seems to me that when the writers let go of the period that they did their best work. Honest and straightforward. In my mind, just a little more rewriting and a bigger budget would have propelled this movie into a classic.

Ooh, I'm crazy, you say?! This movie was all ready better than Ivanhoe from the first scene. And, never looked back. The only movie, that comes to mind, that I can reasonably compare is 'The Robe'. But that is a classic, isn't it?

The location manager needs to be commended. Unfortunately, in one scene the plants (to my eye) are spray painted red for effect. But in all the other scenes, the plants are shown off in great detail and for good effect.

OK, that was the good.

The male lead. The eyebrows, too much. I would have waxed a little from the bridge out to the ear to relieve some of the 'puppy' look. The haircut is consistent but a little long. I would have went with a GI crew. His acting is the hardest to relate with, however, glimpses of true feeling are displayed. Wish that it were more.

The female lead. One scene she flicks her bangs back with were hand. Awesome. In the next, she uses a head shake to flick back her bangs back. Not awesome. That's the worst thing that I can say about the female lead! The leotards. NO. The answer is no. In one scene, a female player is shown WITHOUT tights. Thank god! Too bad the director didn't recognize this.

Not enough closeups!! Hey, I'll trade two minutes of beautiful legs for two minutes of beautiful eyes! And, yes, that trade was possible. This is a western after all.

Signing off. Moxy

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