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The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)

In Ispahan, Persia, a barber mistakes an emerald ring as the prize to be delivered to a prince known far and wide, only to realize that a runaway Princess is the real treasure awaited, promising to escort her to her final destination.

Director:

Don Weis

Writers:

Richard Collins (screenplay), James Justinian Morier (novel) (as James Morier)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Derek ... Hajji Baba
Elaine Stewart ... Princess Fakzia
Amanda Blake ... Banah
Rosemarie Stack ... Ayesha (as Rosemarie Bowe)
Thomas Gomez ... Osman Aga
Paul Picerni ... Nurel-Din
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Caliph
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In Ispahan, Persia, Hajji Baba is leaving his father's shop to seek a greater fortune, while the Princess Fawzia is trying to talk her father, the Caliph into giving her in marriage to Nur-El-Din, a rival prince known far and wide as mean and fickle. Her father intends Fawzia for Fawzia to marry a friend and ally, and makes plans to send her to him. But a courier brings word from Nur-El-Din that an escort awaits Fawzia on the outskirts of the city and she escapes the palace disguised as a boy. Hajji encounters the escort-warrior at the rendezvous spot, is attacked and beats up the escort with his barber's tools. The princess arrives and mistakes Hajji as the escort until he mistakes the emerald ring sent by Nur-El-Din to Fawzia as the prize to be delivered. In her efforts to escape him, her turban becomes unbound and Hajji realizes that the girl herself is the treasure Nur-El-Din awaits. Hajji promises to escort her and they spend the night with the caravan of Osman Aga, who invites ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Come to ze Persian Casbah...in weeth Hajji Baba...the Lovair who knows how...(original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Quotes

[first lines]
[eyeing a bevy of beautiful slave girls]
Merchant: When is the auction?
Auctioneer: These girls will be sold in Masharif. They go today in Osman Aga's caravan.
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Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version, rated 'A', appears to have been heavily cut, with only a 79 minute running time. See more »

Connections

Edited into In Search of Kundun with Martin Scorsese (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
a Capitol recording artist
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Orchestral Arrangement by Nelson Riddle
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Much better than average sand and scimitar adventure...
1 November 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

This is quite a fun, lavish, Arabian adventure with both stars - John Derek in the title role and a sultry Elaine Stewart as the Princess "Fakzia" both appearing to be enjoying themselves. The plot is fairly standard - a poor man falls in love with the Princess who is betrothed to the nasty Emir who wants both her and her father's kingdom; but the execution is a bit better than in many of it's counterparts - there is a story, and it's not half-bad; the good-looking stars are on form and but for some really wordy (and inane) dialogue at times, it'd actually be quite good!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Albanian

Release Date:

1 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$816,813 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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