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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.

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

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali, Itämaan taikuri See more »

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Clover Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

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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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Pay no attention to the man behind the carpet.....
3 December 2003 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

This one is in trouble during the opening credits! Shawn is "flying" on a magic carpet (actually, he's sitting on something while a fog machine blows in his face) singing an inane, unfunny, embarrassing and annoying song called "Eenie Meenie Genie". He then screeches (unconvincingly) to a halt and is read the riot act by Edmonson, King of the Genies. His mission is to reunite a pair of Baghdad royals whose union will ensure the future of the city. However, the city is currently being run by tyrannical Van Dreelen and he is set up to marry the female half of the couple (Baker.) Shawn gets a flying horse (unconvincing again, naturally) and sets out to complete his mission in spite of his own buffoonery. The film is lame. That's the best way to describe it. The comedy is dumb and tired, the action scenes are mostly comprised of stock footage from another, better movie and the story is trite and routine, even for its time. The "effects" are shoddy and the characters are mostly uninteresting. Shawn (looking like a slightly shorter "Jethro Bodine" of "The Beverly Hillbillies") mugs and hams (and sings again!) to no avail. A great deal of the scenes are static, especially those taking place in rooms of the palace. The film does get a shot in the arm from the very attractive Baker and her luscious love-to-be Coe. She is decked out in far more glamorous attire and hairstyles than she was usually given in this stage of her career. He is divine. Though it's hysterical to see him lumber around like a car mechanic in his old world finery, he is so charming and boyishly handsome, it doesn't matter. His flat, monotone voice also cannot dampen the joy in seeing him stripped to the waist (along with his stuntman) and wrestling a beefy slave. He gets to wear a cute little parade of snug pants in red, salmon and avocado and exchange some amusing banter with Baker. Otherwise, this is a deadly, skippable piece of camel dung.


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