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The Wonders of Aladdin (1961)

Le meraviglie di Aladino (original title)
A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp.

Directors:

Mario Bava, Henry Levin

Writers:

Luther Davis (screenplay), Stefano Strucchi (story) | 4 more credits »
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Donald O'Connor ... Aladdin
Noëlle Adam ... Djalma (as Noelle Adam)
Vittorio De Sica ... Genie
Aldo Fabrizi ... Sultan
Terence Hill ... Prince Moluk (as Mario Girotti)
Fausto Tozzi ... Grand Vizier
Raymond Bussières ... Magician (as Raimond Bussieres)
Milton Reid ... Omar
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Bandit Chieftain
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Fakir
Giovanna Galletti ... Midwife
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Benhai - Aladdin's Mother
Franco Ressel ... Vizier's Lieutenant
Michèle Mercier ... Princess Zaina (as Michele Mercier)
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A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp.

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Fantasy

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This one of three films that Lux was going to produce starring 'Steve Reeves' (they had co-produced Hercules Unchained (1959)). They were able to get Reeves for the other two productions, The Thief of Baghdad (1961) and Morgan, the Pirate (1960). See more »

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Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 10 May 1961 (1961) See more »

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Aladdin is getting old.
31 January 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

Pairing Henry levin (who made the best "journey to the center of the earth " that had ever been ) and Mario Bava (whose best fantasy and horror movies such as "i tre volti della paura" have remained memorable ) promised great things ;but these promises remained on hold.

It cannot hold a candle to "the thief of Baghdad " (1940) from which it borrowed the automaton (a murderous sexy girl) ;firts of all,Donald O' Connor is at least twice Alladin's age ;a cosmopolitan cast does not help :To support the American actor , Italians (De Sica as the genius in the bottle) ,and FRench comedians (Noelle Adam ,Michèle Mercier ,future Angélique )

Magis is absent all along the way ,but the film is not devoid of sadism : the soldier handed to the blood-thirsty automaton,people ending for lunch to the lions ;and what have the Amazons, who come from Greek mythology, got to do in "one and a thousand nights"?Why not Hercules or the mummy when they are at it?

The screenplay is muddled and desultory .

The wise adults would pass this up and watch the 1940 work or Pasolini's 1974 version,the latter not suitable for the children audience.


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Fonolux)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.55:1
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