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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance | 14 January 1944 (USA)
A boy prince, raised by forty thieves, takes revenge on the Mongol invaders who murdered his father and stole his kingdom.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writer:

Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Montez ... Amara
Jon Hall ... Ali Baba
Turhan Bey ... Jamiel
Andy Devine ... Abdullah
Kurt Katch ... Hulagu Khan
Frank Puglia ... Prince Cassim
Fortunio Bonanova ... Old Baba
Moroni Olsen ... Caliph Hassan
Ramsay Ames ... Nalu
Chris-Pin Martin ... Fat Thief
Scotty Beckett ... Ali Baba as a Child
Yvette Duguay ... Amara as a Girl
Noel Cravat Noel Cravat ... Mongol Captain
Jimmy Conlin ... Little Thief
Harry Cording ... Mahmoud
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Storyline

Ali Baba, son of the Kalif of Bagdad is brought up by the 40 Thieves after his father is killed by the soldiers of Hugalu Khan, who received the necessary information by traitor Cassim. Ali becomes the leader of the thieves and they are fighting for the freedom of his land. Per chance Ali captures the fiancée of Hugalu Khan, who turns out to be his girl friend Amara. After a few misunderstandings Ali uses her wedding day with Hugalu Khan as the day for the liberation of Bagdad. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

When beauty was the booty and the prize of all was love! Raiders! Slavers! Riches and Rogues...when beauty was the booty--- and the prize of all was love! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alí Babá y los 40 ladrones See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Sabu was originally cast as Jamiel, the actor was drafted and replaced with Turhan Bey. See more »

Goofs

When the thieves are singing as they return to the cave the camera is leading them. The tire tracks of the camera car are plainly visible in the sand in front of the horse's hooves. See more »

Quotes

Abdullah: For a man's country or his stomach he might bid his life; even for his horse. Never, never for a woman.
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Connections

Version of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Forty Thieves
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennen
Music by Edward Ward
Performed by Universal Studio Chorus
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Not the camp classic I had hoped for.
20 April 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

If "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" isn't quite the camp classic it might have been it is, nevertheless, a spirited adventure yarn that young kids should get a buzz out of; (their parents won't find it too much of a chore either). It's probably the best known tale of the Arabian Nights, at least as far as children are concerned, and this version, directed by Arthur Lubin and gorgeously shot in Technicolour by W. Howard Greene and George Robinson, is an enjoyably painless entertainment. Conceived as another vehicle for its trio of 'stars', Maria Montez, an aging but reasonably nimble Jon Hall as Ali Baba and a boyish Turhan Bey cast, yet again, as a sidekick, it also features those stalwart supporting actors Andy Devine, Fortunio Bonanova and Frank Puglia lending sterling support. Hardly memorable but good matinée fare.


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