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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954)

Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs (original title)
Rich oriental lord Cassim's cheeky servant Ali Baba was sent to buy a meaty girl-slave, but brings dancer Morgiane, whom he is enamored with. When he's part of a caravan robbed by Abdel's ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Becker

Writers:

Cesare Zavattini (story), Jacques Becker (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Ali Baba
Samia Gamal ... Morgiane
Dieter Borsche ... Abdel, bandit chief
Henri Vilbert Henri Vilbert ... Cassim
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... Harun, Père de Morgiane
Edmond Ardisson ... Mendiant
Manuel Gary Manuel Gary ... Mendiant
Julien Maffre Julien Maffre ... Mendiant
Leopoldo Francés Leopoldo Francés
Gaston Orbal Gaston Orbal ... Mufti
Bob Ingarao Bob Ingarao ... Un bandit
Yôko Tani
Fanfan Minucci Fanfan Minucci
José Casa José Casa ... Mendiant
Abdelhaq Chraibi Abdelhaq Chraibi
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Rich oriental lord Cassim's cheeky servant Ali Baba was sent to buy a meaty girl-slave, but brings dancer Morgiane, whom he is enamored with. When he's part of a caravan robbed by Abdel's 40 thieves, Ali hides in a camel hive and thus learns the secret of Sesame cave. With stolen loot he buys Morgiane and his own residence for him and beggar friends. Cassim not only gets him drunk to learn his secret gold source but also plans to rob him at the grand wedding with Morgiane. But Abdel observed them too and invites his 40 robbers. Written by KGF Vissers

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Featured in Bâton Rouge (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ali Baba
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Jean Manse
Performed by Fernandel
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The magic is away
7 March 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Considered in France Jacques Becker's worst film,the only one that has nothing to recommend it.The story is not very well told ,which is a shame for a very famous Arabian story.Walt Disney did a whole lot better with his Aladdin.Anyway,the man who could achieve such a task in France had not yet made any movie at the time:of course it was Jacques Demy who worked wonders with "Peau d'Ane" and "the pied piper".

It was to be Becker's only color movie (he was to experiment wide screen in "Le Trou" with stunning results)and it's a pity that it was not ,say,"Casque D'or". Fernandel was too old to be a credible Ali.And the woman's lib will moan and groan when they see him on his donkey,followed by his wife who runs behind him.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 December 1954 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance of Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Tioute, Taroudant, Morocco See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films du Cyclope See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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