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The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 1 October 1954 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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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The girls pronounce it "Hotcha Baba!"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Albanian

Release Date:

1 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De slavinnen van Bagdad See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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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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A take-off of Ali Baba
30 October 1998 | by TroyAirSee all my reviews

A classic "B" movie from the 50's, this film features numerous women dressed up like a Vargas painting. I don't remember much about the movie other than a slave girl gets tied down to a table and the soles of her feet are lightly cropped, that Haji encounters a band of Amazon-style women warriors, and that Elaine Stewart's character is captured and bound to a frame until Haji comes to her rescue. No nudity, no harsh language, nothing offensive, just the usual damsels in distress. Since the film was made in the fifties, you can bet that those scanty costumes are sewn onto flesh-colored bodysuits. Still, the slave girl cropping is a bit risque for the time and may be worth seeing.


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