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December 1960 (USA) See more »
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A genie turned mortal after his many failures is sent to Baghdad. As his last chance to prove himself he must help a prince and princess fulfill a prophecy. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dick Shawn ... Genii-Ali Mahmud

Diane Baker ... Princess Yasmin

Barry Coe ... Prince Husan

John Van Dreelen ... Sultan Jullnar

Robert F. Simon ... Shamadin

Vaughn Taylor ... Norodeen
Michael David ... Chieftain Meroki

Stanley Adams ... Warden Kvetch
William Edmonson ... Asmodeus
Fred Scheiwiller ... 1st Wrestler
Stan Molek ... 2nd Wrestler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Bailey ... Commander of the Army (uncredited)
William Baskin ... Meroki's Lieutenant (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Caliph Raschid (uncredited)

Michael Burns ... Prince Husan as a Child (uncredited)
Malcolm Cassell ... Junior Genie-Man (uncredited)

Linden Chiles ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ann Del Guercio ... The Beggar's Sister (uncredited)
Gregg Dunn ... Major Domo (uncredited)
Joey Faye ... Coutiere (uncredited)
Kelton Garwood ... Caravan Master (uncredited)
Kim Hamilton ... Teegra - Yasmin's Servant (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Member of Caliphi's Court (uncredited)
Joy Hilton ... Nespa (uncredited)
Stan Kamber ... Omar (uncredited)
Buddy Lewis ... Guard (uncredited)
Frank Logan ... Sinbad (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ... Oracle (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Captain (uncredited)

Bill Mumy ... Aladdin (uncredited)
Alena Murray ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Jack Orrison ... Warden (uncredited)
Joe Patridge ... Soldier (uncredited)
Hortense Petra ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Harry Raybould ... Physician (uncredited)

Rick Vallin ... Guard (uncredited)
Leslie Wenner ... Princess Yasmin as a Child (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sherman 
Writing credits
Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.) and
Pat Silver (screenplay)

Samuel Newman (story)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Original Music by
Irving Gertz 
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
Theobold Holsopple 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harold A. Root .... sound
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
John Benson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Dockstader .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Duncan .... stunts (uncredited)
Ace Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Wilcox .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Irving Gertz .... conductor

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Additional Details

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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-12 | UK:U (original rating)

Did You Know?

Shelley Berman was originally signed by producer Sam Katzman for the movie, according to columnist Hedda Hopper, but was replaced by Dick Shawn.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the magic carpet is flying, you can see the wires holding it up.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pay no attention to the man behind the carpet....., 3 December 2003
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

This one is in trouble during the opening credits! Shawn is "flying" on a magic carpet (actually, he's sitting on something while a fog machine blows in his face) singing an inane, unfunny, embarrassing and annoying song called "Eenie Meenie Genie". He then screeches (unconvincingly) to a halt and is read the riot act by Edmonson, King of the Genies. His mission is to reunite a pair of Baghdad royals whose union will ensure the future of the city. However, the city is currently being run by tyrannical Van Dreelen and he is set up to marry the female half of the couple (Baker.) Shawn gets a flying horse (unconvincing again, naturally) and sets out to complete his mission in spite of his own buffoonery. The film is lame. That's the best way to describe it. The comedy is dumb and tired, the action scenes are mostly comprised of stock footage from another, better movie and the story is trite and routine, even for its time. The "effects" are shoddy and the characters are mostly uninteresting. Shawn (looking like a slightly shorter "Jethro Bodine" of "The Beverly Hillbillies") mugs and hams (and sings again!) to no avail. A great deal of the scenes are static, especially those taking place in rooms of the palace. The film does get a shot in the arm from the very attractive Baker and her luscious love-to-be Coe. She is decked out in far more glamorous attire and hairstyles than she was usually given in this stage of her career. He is divine. Though it's hysterical to see him lumber around like a car mechanic in his old world finery, he is so charming and boyishly handsome, it doesn't matter. His flat, monotone voice also cannot dampen the joy in seeing him stripped to the waist (along with his stuntman) and wrestling a beefy slave. He gets to wear a cute little parade of snug pants in red, salmon and avocado and exchange some amusing banter with Baker. Otherwise, this is a deadly, skippable piece of camel dung.

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