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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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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 Scheherazade was told by the stars that she will become wife of the caliph in Bagdad. She tells Kamar, brother of caliph Haroun. He planned a coup d'etat, which failed at first, but supported by the wazir he finally succeeds. Haroun is injured and gets help from Ahmad's actor troupe, where he is nursed by Scheherazade, who doesn't recognize 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, Scheherazade 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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Dashing Thieves of Baghdad...riding out of the magic and splendor of 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:

$3,706,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,528,446
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

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

Scheherazade: I would swear I have seen this man before. But where?
Ali Ben Ali: Maybe in your dreams.
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Featured in The Universal Story (1996) See more »

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Superlative Technicolor effort
13 July 2007 | by Bill-raySee all my reviews

Arabian Nights is one of the best early Technicolor efforts out of Hollywood and it really shows. It is great fun with a little something for everyone. The DVD is an excellent transfer and the color is beautiful on my new plasma HD TV. For the kids, its a simple action film with good good caliphs and bad caliphs. For the men, there's the gorgeous Maria Montez (OK, so the boys will enjoy her too.) For the ladies, the costuming will simply amaze you. This film can be watched by everyone except small children (a couple of killings - non graphic and 1 torture scene - also non graphic). Highly recommend for families with children 8 and over yrs old. Us older folks will enjoy it too. You can watch this many times. It won't get old.


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