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A-Lad-In Bagdad (1938)

Hayseed Egghead arrives in the big city of Bagdad and quickly wins a magic lamp in a carnival coin-operated crane game. The shady character who was playing the game before him covets the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Cal Dalton, Cal Howard

Writer:

Dave Monahan (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Villain / Genie / The Sultan / Beggar / Slap-Happy Boy (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Sultan's Daughter (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Nazarro ... Aladdin / Egghead (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Hayseed Egghead arrives in the big city of Bagdad and quickly wins a magic lamp in a carnival coin-operated crane game. The shady character who was playing the game before him covets the lamp, and tries to steal it. Egghead sees a poster: The sultan is having a contest for his daughter's hand in marriage. With his lamp, Egghead thinks he's a sure bet; he conjures up a magic carpet, and he's off. After a couple bad vaudeville acts, it's Egghead's turn, but in the meantime, the bad guy swapped the lamp for a coffeepot. Egghead is thrown out, then sees the bad guy using the lamp; Egghead breaks in, steals the lamp and the girl, and flies off. But she uses the lamp herself to conjure up a real hunk to replace the nerdy Egghead. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aladinova lampa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Taylor is caricatured. See more »

Connections

References My Green Fedora (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Tells Me
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Music by Harry Warren
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Egghead As Aladdin
30 April 2018 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

The directing team of Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton made very few cartoons that would be considered masterpieces. Not much has been said about them asides that most of their output was mediocre. I haven't read much about what they're approach was in directing, but a handful of their shorts suggest that they were really trying to emulate Tex Avery by using one of his characters, Egghead.

At this stage in the studio, there were very few continuing characters in current usage. Egghead (and the Elmer variant) were mainly used by Tex Avery's unit. It is interesting that the Hardaway/Dalton unit (Howard is credited instead of Hardaway on this short) produce a short with the character. And they did very well with it too (as well as their other short COUNT ME OUT). Both Egghead shorts that they produced really captured the feel of an Avery short and the Egghead character.

The Egghead/Elmer character had many functions in his short career. In this case is was playing the role of a famous character or historical figure. Compare this to Avery's 1938 entries with Egghead: CINDERELLA MEETS FELLA and JOHNNY SMITH AND POKER-HUNTAS where his leading lady is a cutesy heroine voiced by Bernice Hansen.

This is one of the Dalton directed shorts that is actually a great cartoon. If I saw this without looking at the director's credit, I would have thought that Avery would have directed it. (I once thought that when I saw COUNT ME OUT).


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