Omar and his friend, Ali, returning to Moorish Granada after several years in the Middle East, discover that an evil usurper is now in power. With the help of a female genie, Omar sets about restoring freedom and justice.
Omar, the son the of vizier of Granada, discovers after years abroad that power in his Moorish home has been taken over by the evil Hixxum and the ambitious harem favorite. Helped by his loyal friend Ali and the 'third class' bottle jinn Mizziana, Omar must protect the people, save the rural resistance and overthrow the rule of terror inside the palace. Written by
Rather Mediocre Movie, but better than sitting in a barracks room
When you're stationed in the military in a rather forlorn place, and you don't care to get drunk every night, and night school classes don't yet hold an appeal, the movie theater is pretty much the only other alternative for escape.
In 1968 and into 69, I watched numerous fair to really bad movies at the base theater about 2 blocks from our barracks. This, The Green Slime, Sweet November, etc. If you've seen them, you know how desperate some of us were.
But Luciana Paluzzi did brighten the screen in several of them. She had a run of, what?, six or seven movies during this time? Outside of her slightly more skimpy than Barbara Eden's I Dream of Jeannie outfit, what was memorable were some of her lines. When introduced, explaining that she couldn't do all the things a regular genie could do, she remarked that she was only a 'second-class' genie, having been demoted for insubordination. That probably got the biggest laugh out of the 100% military audience.
Other than that, this was a very unremarkable costume drama in the Arabian Nights motif, though in a rather heavily vegetation-ed landscape, so no sand dune escapades.
A mostly forgettable movie, slightly better than the others, but not quite 'bad' enough to be ranked with an Ed Wood production.
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