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Prisoners of the Casbah (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 3 November 1953 (USA)

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... Princess Nadja / Yasmin
... Firouz
... Ahmed
... Marouf
Paul Newlan ... 1st Thief (as Paul E. Newlan)
Lucille Barkley ... Soura
... Selim
... 2nd Thief
John Parrish ... 3rd Thief
... Yagoub
... Zeida
Eddie Fields ... Abdullah (as Eddy Fields)
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This was Turhan Bey's last film until Healer (1994) 41 years later. See more »

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Narrator: The Casbah of old Algiers - that strange city within a city where the forces of law and order dare not penetrate. Refuge of thieves and murderers on whose gates might well be carved, as on the gates of another place, "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." And yet one of those who entered here - much against her will - was a beautiful princess, daughter of the ruler of Algiers.
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One more One Thousand and One Nights Tale
24 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Well, let's not forget that's also one more Sam Katzman production. The (IN)FAMOUS Sam Katzman, who haunted Columbia Studios for many years, with his cheap movies. This one is colorful, watchable, bearable and not as disappointing as other productions from this era. I don't understand what the mighty Gloria Grahame did in that film. Perhaps she opened the wrong studio entrance. Gloria Grahame who electrified the audiences in Fritz Lang's Big Heat, and the very same year !!!

Sam Katzman was only the producer, and the interesting Richard Bare the director. As far as I know, he did not work with Katzman on another picture. But perhaps I am wrong. I'll check. Katzman was the owner of this one indeed. Technicians are always the same, when you watch the credits, including the music score artist: Mischa Bakalaneikoff...who performed on almost all Sam Katzman films. Perhpas all of them. And not only Katzman ones.

Back to Prisoners of the Casbah, it takes place in Algiers, but it could have been Bagdad or Damascus. Who cares?...

Katzman has done better - Siren of Bagdad and Serpent of the Nile, with a surprising ending - but Universal productions starring Jon Hall and Maria Montez were a thousand times better. No comparison. Even if this one is - I repeat - not charmless.

You can try it.

If you can...


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