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A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 20 July 1945 (USA)
Tongue-in-cheek fantasy film set in Baghdad and loosely based on the One Thousand and One Nights medieval story.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Wilfred H. Petitt (screenplay) (as Wilfrid H. Pettitt), Richard English (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Evelyn Keyes ... Babs
Phil Silvers ... Abdullah
Adele Jergens ... Princess Armina
Cornel Wilde ... Aladdin
Dusty Anderson ... Novira
Dennis Hoey ... Sultan Kamar Al-Kir / Prince Hadji
Philip Van Zandt ... Grand Wazir AbuHassan
Gus Schilling ... Jafar
Nestor Paiva ... Kahim
Rex Ingram ... Giant
Richard Hale ... Kofir
John Abbott ... Ali
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Storyline

On the run after being found sweet-talking the Sultan's daughter, Aladdin comes upon a lamp which, when rubbed, summons up Babs the genie. He uses it to return as a visiting prince asking for the princess's hand. Unfortunately for him, the sultan's wicked twin brother has secretly usurped the throne, someone else is after the lamp for his own ends, and Babs has taken a shine to Aladdin herself and is bent on wrecking his endeavours. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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THE TECHNICOLOR STORY OF ALADDIN and his wonderful VAMP! (original ad - many caps)


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1001 Nights See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Phil Silvers wears his horn rim glasses throughout the film even though they were an anachronism. He was so near-sighted that he was unable to function without them. In later years he often wore contact lenses. See more »

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Referenced in Kanya Ya Ma Kan, Beyrouth (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Women
(uncredited)
Performed by Cornel Wilde (dubbed by Tom Clark)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Edgar De Lange
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Sparkles like the jewel in the Sultan's turban
5 May 2007 | by wetcircuitSee all my reviews

Big colorful sets and fantasy costumes are featured in this hokey update to Alladin's Lamp that never takes itself seriously. Evelyn Keyes is adorable as the genie that no one but handsome Cornel Wilde can see, but he has eyes only for Adele Jergens as the blonde princess. Sidekick Phil Silvers has his eyes on every jewel in the palace. Of course there's a scheming Vizir and a Sultan switcharoo. A thief masquerades as a prince, and just about every other Arabian Nights cliché is given some sort of send up.

Most of the comedy involves one of the secondary characters turning to the camera and saying something modern while the leads play it straight. Subplots (and villains) are invented then abruptly dropped, and cultural awareness seems unknown in 1940s Hollywood. If this sort of thing makes you cringe you will hate this film, but if you like pretty musical comedy in gorgeous Technicolor there's a lot here to like! The Princess is carried in a royal blue litter that matches her dress, and her bed is draped in sumptuous curtains the same color as her lilac gown. Harem girls flutter in pastels, and the brightly colored see-thru veils they use to cover their faces is merrily naive. Set pieces are few and far between but fabulous, and every other scene seems to take place on an ornate balcony. An authentic looking dance is a welcome distraction, and Silvers and Wilde share a bar sing-along about women (one for romance, the other against) that is campy fun.

By the end it feels over-sweet like you've swallowed too much cake icing, but it moves along quickly and there's a happy ending for everyone even the genie. This film is in the same vein as Marlene Dietrich's version of KISMET (1944), which I highly recommend for its pastel harems and anachronistic Baghdad that never was.


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