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Chu Chin Chow (1934)

Musical retelling of the "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" Arabian Nights tale.

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Walter Forde

Writers:

Oscar Asche (play), Edward Knoblock (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Robey ... Ali Baba
Fritz Kortner Fritz Kortner ... Abu Hasan
Anna May Wong ... Zahrat
John Garrick ... Nur-al-din Baba
Pearl Argyle ... Marjanah, servant girl
Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' McEachern Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' McEachern ... Abdullah, Kassim's major-domo (as Jetsam)
Dennis Hoey ... Rakham, chief henchman
Sydney Fairbrother Sydney Fairbrother ... Mahbubah Baba, Ali's wife
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Kasim Baba (as Laurence Hanray)
Frank Cochrane Frank Cochrane ... Mustafa
Thelma Tuson Thelma Tuson ... Alcolom Baba, Kassim's wife
Francis L. Sullivan ... The Caliph (as Francis Sullivan)
Gibb McLaughlin ... The Caliph's Vizier
Kiyoshi Takase Kiyoshi Takase ... Entertainer at Feast (as Kyoshi Takase)
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Storyline

Ali Baba discovers the treasure cave of robber-baron Abu Hasan, and tells his greedy brother, Kasim Baba, who is posing as a Chinese merchant and entertaining Hasan, where the cache is hidden. Zahrat, acting as a spy for Hasan, is blamed when the robber is almost caught, and Kasim is killed. Zahrat then decides to join Ali and his son, Nor-al-din, who is in love with the slave-girl, Marjanal. During a party, she kills the disguised Hasan, and his men are boiled in oil. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali Baba Nights See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(reissue) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's name was Stan Lee's inspiration for the Marvel Comics character of Fin Fang Foom See more »

Alternate Versions

When reissued by Lippert in the 1950s, the film was "revised" and cut, first to 93 minutes, then to 78. This version is titled "Ali Baba Nights." See more »


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from "Chu Chin Chow"
Music by Frederick Norton
Lyrics by Oscar Asche
Additional Lyrics by Sidney Gilliat
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Britfilm with GUTS!!
6 July 2004 | by lambchopnixonSee all my reviews

Think of Michael Powell/the Korda brothers' Thief of Bagdad but better, even! An Arabian nights adventure but no stops for spectacle, rather a seamless story and an unrestrained telling almost unprecedented in British film. The sets are wonderful, there are songs popping up in the least expected places, the direction has a verve rarely seen elsewhere in British film and the story is adapted with guts and no fear that restraint (any) must be employed, as it usually is, it seems neccesarily, in British film. It's a film which goes all the way in all departments, astonishing for any age let alone for 1934, just a year after Korda's Private Lives of Henry VIII had opened things up a bit for Britfilm.


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