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The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)

Unrated | | 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.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

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

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
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shelley Berman was originally signed by producer Sam Katzman for the movie, according to columnist Hedda Hopper, but was replaced by Dick Shawn. See more »

Goofs

When the magic carpet is flying, you can see the wires holding it up. See more »

Soundtracks

Eni Menie Geni
Lyrics by Diane Lampert and Peter Farrow
Music by David Saxon
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Bad Danny Kaye Vehicle with No Kaye
10 April 2009 | by margotSee all my reviews

I saw this once by accident at a kiddie matinée. I was expecting the spy-comedy fare on the marquee. It was apparent that the scenarist and director were attempting to strike a note similar to the Danny Kaye costume comedies, but without the panache and high gloss. It is revealing about the early career of Dick Shawn that his fey, campy, manic mannerisms were thought to make him a possible successor to Kaye. But Kaye had class that transcended his Borscht Belt beginnings; Shawn never got beyond the tummler you see here.

The production values are of the Low Budget school. The Baghdad setting was a convenient way of making use of all those old Middle Eastern sets and costumes left over from the 40s. The film was no better or worse than Saturday morning TV fare--old Blondie and Bowery Boys comedies, which suggests a real condescension to its audience.


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