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The Sword of Ali Baba (1965)

As the Mongols invade Baghdad in 1258 the Caliph escapes the city and heads to Basra with his young son, Ali. The Mongols catch the Caliph and he is killed but his son evades capture. In ... See full summary »

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Mann ... Ali Baba
Jocelyn Lane ... Princess Amara (as Jocelyn Lane)
Frank McGrath ... Pindar
Gavin MacLeod ... Hulagu Khan
Frank Puglia ... Cassim
Peter Whitney ... Abou
Greg Morris ... Yusef
Frank DeKova ... Old Baba
Irene Tsu ... Nalu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Frees ... Narrator / Various Male Voices (voice)
Morgan Woodward ... Captain of Guard
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As the Mongols invade Baghdad in 1258 the Caliph escapes the city and heads to Basra with his young son, Ali. The Mongols catch the Caliph and he is killed but his son evades capture. In the desert Ali finds the hideout of the only resistance force, the forty thieves, and he joins them and grows up as one of them. Meanwhile his betrothed, the fair daughter of Prince Kasim, is taken to Baghdad by her father to be married to the Mongol leader, Hulago Khan. Ali goes to Baghdad and captures her but soon sets her free. She learns that he is her betrothed as well as the leader of the band of thieves. Her wedding to the Khan is set for Ramadan and so Ali Baba and his band of thieves attend the celebrations parading as traders. A great fight ensues and the Khan is killed, Baghdad is freed and Ali and his princess live happily ever after. Written by Sefmorr

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Taglines:

Thrill With Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Espada de Ali Babá See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Amara steps from the pond at the oasis, her clothing is wet and clinging to her. The next shot shows her putting on the servant robe over a dry outfit. See more »

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Edited from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) See more »

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Generic Sword & Sandal adventure
4 November 2007 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

THE SWORD OF ALI BABA is one odd movie. Though released in 1965 the film has a quaint, older feel to it which doesn't reflect the movies made during the mid-60s. Many scene were edited from another film, ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES and because widescreen didn't exists in the 1940s, the "square" aspect ratio of SWORD OF ALI BABA is totally at odds with the Cinemascope or Techniscope aspect ratio of Peplums of the 1960s. Also, to add more oddity, the whole cast is as white as can be. I mean, Gavin MacLoed, the captain from THE LOVE BOAT, plays an Arab! The generic music has a retro feel to it too.

The whole film looks and feels like something from the 1940s. The only thing that betrays the deceptively retro feel is the bikini costumes Jocelyn Lane wears almost throughout the film. They are way too revealing for anything from the 1940s. Jocelyn is eye candy for sure but her role stands out like a sore thumb. Blond, blue eyed, she doesn't look Arabian for one second.

The best sequence in the movie is the dance number with warriors and their swords. Aside from that visually impressive scene, nothing else stands out.

Something tells me this film played at matinées only. Kids wouldn't have noticed the 1940s aspects of it but I'm sure adults would have laughed at the bland corniness of it all.


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