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Arabian Nights (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 1943 (UK)
The caliph of Baghdad must go into hiding with a group of traveling performers when his brother usurps the throne. Both brothers desire a beautiful dancing girl, who is torn between power and true love.

Director:

John Rawlins

Writers:

Michael Hogan (story), Michael Hogan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hall ... Haroun-Al-Raschid
Maria Montez ... Sherazade
Sabu ... Ali Ben Ali
Leif Erickson ... Kamar (as Leif Erikson)
Billy Gilbert ... Ahmad
Edgar Barrier ... Nadan
Richard Lane ... Corporal
Turhan Bey ... Captain
John Qualen ... Aladdin
Shemp Howard ... Sinbad
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Valda
Thomas Gomez ... Hakim
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Dresser
Robert Greig ... Eunuch
Charles Coleman ... Eunuch
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Storyline

Dancer Sherazade was told by the stars that she will become wife of the kalif in Bagdad. She tells Kamar, brother of kalif Haroun. He planned a coup d'etat, which failed at first, but supported by the wasir he finally succeeds. Haroun is injured and gets help from Ahmad's actor troupe, where he is nursed by Sherazade, who doesn't recognise him. When she hears that Kamar is looking for her she goes to him, but is sold with the complete troupe of actors to slavery. They're able to escape, but Haroun is still in danger. To save him, Sherazade agrees to poison Kamar, but Haroun tries to establish his rulership first. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

BAGDAD...Desert Port of Forbidden Allurements! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Arabische Nächte See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The artwork shown behind the opening and closing credits was the uncredited work of Mary Blair (1911-1978), an artist best known for her contributions to the Walt Disney Studio in the 1940s-1960s. See more »

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In the 'city' in the desert, there is a sulphur-crested cockatoo in the harem. This bird is a native of Australia, and not known elsewhere until several centuries later. See more »

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Aladdin: [to Corporal] If you have to leave, don't go until you come back.
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Corny as it gets
4 February 2015 | by delta-emSee all my reviews

With mediocre acting, sets that appeared to be made out of cardboard and very corny dialogue, I don't see how anyone could recommend this movie. While the story of 1001 Nights (or otherwise called, Arabian Nights) is usually fascinating, this retelling, or rather gross distortion, is totally unbelievable and sometimes even boring. While some of the characters had the same names as some of those from the book or other movies, their resemblance to anyone in the original story is virtually non-existent. There were a couple plot parallels that helped the story, but even those could not save this movie. It's very had to believe this movie was nominated for several Academy Awards. Save your money and get the book or at least another retelling, called Arabian Nights, with Mili Avital, John Leguizamo and Jason Scott Lee.


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