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Son of Ali Baba (1952)

Kashma Baba, the son of the famed Baghdad thief Ali Baba is a cadet in a medieval Persian military academy where he runs afoul of his rival Hussein, the evil Caliph's son.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Kashma Baba
Piper Laurie ... Princess Azura of Fez / Kiki
Susan Cabot ... Tala
William Reynolds ... Mustapha
Hugh O'Brian ... Hussein
Victor Jory ... Caliph
Gerald Mohr ... Capt. Youssef
Robert Barrat ... Commandant
Leon Belasco ... Babu
Morris Ankrum ... Ali Baba
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Alton Kenneth Alton ... Bit (unconfirmed)
David Bond ... Bit (unconfirmed)
Reed Hadley ... Bit (unconfirmed)
Noreen Michaels Noreen Michaels ... Bit (unconfirmed)
Judy Wiard Judy Wiard ... Bit (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

In medieval Persia, Kashma Baba is a military cadet by day and a roisterer by night. The morning after a rowdy banquet, Kiki, an escaped slave, takes shelter under Kashma's roof. Word comes that the wicked Caliph is looking for her; but Kashma, by this time in love, flees with her to his father's palace. Alas, there's more to Kiki than meets the eye. Will the evil schemers succeed? The sons of the Forty Thieves to the rescue! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Together Again, In Love Again !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El Hijo de Ali Baba See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In July 1951 The Hollywood Reporter reported that Universal had set Budd Boetticher as director of this film, but replaced him with Kurt Neumann when Boetticher moved over to Bronco Buster (1952). See more »

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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

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The Thief of Baghdad
16 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a huge fan of classic film and 'Son of Ali Baba' interested me. Mainly to see a very young Piper Laurie and Tony Curtis in another early role after the superior (though that wasn't perfect either) 'The Prince Who Was a Thief', and how they would fare individually and as a partnership. Also because the story on paper seemed intriguing if silly.

Saw 'Son of Ali Baba' with the mind-set of not expecting a masterpiece and some escapist entertainment without expecting too much or everything to be of superb quality. 'Son of Ali Baba' is variable in achieving this goal. It may not blow the mind and it may not be one of Curtis's best films or contain one of his best performances. Enough is done right however and it entertains throughout its slightly too brief length.

The story sure is pure nonsense and the silliness occasionally goes overboard, complete with some over-familiarity. The costumes are somewhat unlikely and don't look as appealing, in colour and style, as the rest of the production values.

Curtis is athletic and can be likeable enough if a bit stiff, while the script can fall into overly-camp and awkwardness, the pace sometimes has lapses in momentum and the film generally lacks magic.

Lovely Piper Laurie is hammy at times but has charm factor and is equally spirited. Some of their chemistry is warm and playful. Victor Jory sinks his teeth to the hilt as the villain. The direction has an efficiency that suits the adventurous element of the story perfectly.

It is very difficult to dislike the story completely. For all its ridiculousness and predictability, it can go at a breezy pace, with a clear idea at what it was trying to be and appeal to without trying to do more. The characters are archetypes but reasonably likeable ones. The action-oriented parts, especially towards the end, excite and the music is rousing. 'Son of Ali Baba', costumes aside, is shot with vibrant colour and the setting exotic-looking if perhaps not evocative.

In conclusion, not bad but not much special even when taking it for what it is. Likeable enough cast and fun and colourful in spots, but can be too much on the camp side and lacks magic. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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