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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film marks the first use of 3-strip Technicolor by Universal. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kamar: [to Captain of the Guard] Son of infamy! Every bone in your body shall be broken if you continue to defy me!
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References The Thief of Bagdad (1940) See more »

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A beautiful fantasy adventure
24 August 2003 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This ancient fantasy of two brothers who are caliphs-in-waiting is a dazzling, colorful film presented in lush Technicolor. Maria Montez is the beautiful and exotic Sherazade who desires the trappings of wealth and power as she aspires to marry a caliph. Jon Hall is a virile and likable hero and Leif Erickson and Edgar Barrier are also good in supporting roles but it is Sabu who leaves the best impression in this picture. Nature's beauty of deep blue skies, thick white clouds and golden desert sand dunes are well-served in this yarn of palace intrigue and murder as the brothers battle for the kingdom's throne. Chase scenes, sword fights and comedy are sprinkled throughout the story but it is the vibrant color interiors and exteriors that arrest all attention in this film.


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