ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES
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Prepare to be dazzled as all the wonder, excitement, triumph, and treachery of the Arabian Nights come vibrantly to life in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! Orphaned as a young child and adopted by a band of notorious thieves, now-grown Ali Baba (Jon Hall) sets out to avenge his father’s murder, reclaim the royal throne, and rescue his beloved Amara (Maria Montez) from the iron fist of his treacherous enemy. Lushly shot in glorious Technicolor and featuring a cast of thousands, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a cinematic feast for the senses to be enjoyed time and again.
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All the excitement of the Arabian Nights is orchestrated in this thrilling tale of romance, revenge and high drama. Orphaned as a young child and adopted by a band of notorious thieves, the now-grown Ali Baba [Jon Hall] sets out to avenge his father's murder, reclaim the royal throne, and rescue his childhood love Amara [Maria Montez] from the clutches of his treacherous enemy. A lavish adventure classic, co-starring the great Andy Devine, and filmed in glorious Technicolor, `Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves' is presented for the first time for home viewing in the UK in a stunning restored high-definition 1080p encoded transfer.
FILM FACT: The role of Jamiel was meant to be played by Sabu, the role was taken by Turhan Bey. Maria Montez admitted she only acted "three or four times" in the time. Modern sources report that the film was made at a cost of $792,714, including $7,300 for the original screenplay by Edmund L. Hartmann and $18,000 for the services of director Arthur Lubin.Read more ›
DIRECTOR: Arthur Lubin
CAST: Scotty Beckett, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine, Jon Hall, Frank Puglia, Kurt Katch, Maria Montez (As: Amara)
COMMENTS: This Arabian Nights fantasy follows the exploits of the Caliph of Baghdad's son, who runs off into the desert after his father is killed by raiding Mongols.
There he encounters the legendary 40 thieves and watches in amazement as their command, "Open Sesame," magically parts a solid rock wall, revealing a cavernous hiding place filled with treasures.
He is adopted by the thieves, dubbed "Ali Baba," and grows up to be their leader. As an adult, Ali sets out to avenge his father's death and to free his land from the reigning Mongols.
The film is set in the ancient Middle East. Maria Montez stars as Amara, a Baghdad beauty, who is one of the main reasons of the fight between the Mongol Khan Hulagu and Ali Baba.
In this time, Maria demonstrated that she will never accept to do scenes or scene parts against her will. For instance, the director Arthur Lubin tried to convince her of appearing naked inside of a pool, the problem was solved when Lubin accepted to put her in a bubble bath.
Before beginning working in the most popular and commercial movie of its time, Maria said to the media: "According to my horoscope, the name I will have in this movie will not augur me success."
The producers thought Montez wanted to change the name they assigned her and they allowed her to do so.
The actress Miriam Colón, from Puerto Rico, appeared in this film, but she was not credited in the cast.
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Very good movie! Maria Montez is beautiful, sh'es my father 's favorite actress of the 40. Jon Hall was a very charming man. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sylvie P.
Love these classics...If you've seen The thief of Bagdad and Arabian Nights, you have to see this one too. Fans of this genre will want all three in their collection.Published 5 months ago by P.E.B.