I liked this movie because it is a delightful dose of nostalgia which mingles musical comedy, swashbuckling antics, drama and belly dancing. The film was created in 1954 by the brilliant French director Jacques Becker, featuring the most famous and beloved French comic Fernandel and the lovely and incomparable Egyptian dancer Samia Gamal. This was France's response to the big technicolor epic films of that era. Becker filmed in Morocco where he employed thousands of extras to fill the screen in the big action scenes. Samia Gamal, a well known movie star in Cairo and the most famous Oriental dancer of her time could not speak French. However, she plays her part, which is a leading role, through dance and nonverbal communication. Note how she elegantly manipulates the veil which was inspired by the Russian ballerina, Ivanova who brought veil dancing to Oriental (belly) dance in Egypt in the 1940s. The playful Ali Baba tune which Fernandel sings while riding his funny little donkey will be running through your head for days. This is a real "great escape" film for when you want to escape from the real world and be charmed in the comfort of your own home.