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The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | December 1960 (USA)
A genie turned mortal after his many failures is sent to Baghdad. As his last chance to prove himself he must help a prince and princess fulfill a prophecy.


George Sherman


Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.), Pat Silver (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Dick Shawn ... Genii-Ali Mahmud
Diane Baker ... Princess Yasmin
Barry Coe ... Prince Husan
John Van Dreelen ... Sultan Jullnar
Robert F. Simon ... Shamadin
Vaughn Taylor ... Norodeen
Michael David Michael David ... Chieftain Meroki
Stanley Adams ... Warden Kvetch
William Edmonson William Edmonson ... Asmodeus
Fred Scheiwiller Fred Scheiwiller ... 1st Wrestler
Stan Molek Stan Molek ... 2nd Wrestler


A genie turned mortal after his many failures is sent to Baghdad. As his last chance to prove himself he must help a prince and princess fulfill a prophecy.

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ENTER A WORLD OF 1001 THRILLS! (original ad - all caps)




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Release Date:

December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali, Itämaan taikuri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clover Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Bill Mumy. See more »


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Written by Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller
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The Wizard should have made this disappear
5 December 2003 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Cheap, shoddy, lamebrained Sam Katzman production (now there's a redundancy) with Dick Shawn a genie assigned to unite two lovers and help them overthrow the usurper who now rules Baghdad. Shawn is an acquired taste, and you won't acquire it by watching him in this. He hams it up to the extreme with his hipster routine (it worked a few years later when he did it in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "The Producers" but it doesn't work here at all) and opens the film doing a painfully embarrassing and flat-out stupid song-and-dance number called "Eenie Meenie Genie," and further embarrasses himself later on in an even more idiotic number where he sings, jumps and pirouettes in front of the assembled court. The performances by such usually reliable character actors as John Van Dreelen, Vaughn Taylor and Don Beddoe reflect their apparent embarrassment at being stuck in this picture (if you've noticed the word "embarrassed" being used a lot in this review, it's intentional), the direction by the usually competent George Sherman is almost nonexistent, the sets appear to be made of cardboard, the "action" scenes are laughable . . . in other words, the entire picture is a dud. Avoid it.

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