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Arabian Nights (1942)

Arabian Nights





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This '40s actioner take on the Arabian Nights stories told by British explorer Sir Richard Burton (not the actor!), is a colorful and lavish production that was nominated for Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Interior Decoration, Best Sound, and Best Score. The plot is simple: the rightful heir to the throne of the Caliph is envied by a jealous brother who'll stop at nothing to seize the throne for himself. They're both after the same dame, the lovely Scheherazad. The good-guy prince takes off on a series of adventures in search of the famous lamp.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Hogan, True Boardman, Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 6, 2007
Walter Wanger Productions


Jon Hall
as Haroun-Al-Raschid
Maria Montez
as Scheherazade
as Ali ben Ali
Richard Lane
as Corporal
Turhan Bey
as Captain
John Qualen
as Aladdin
Thomas Gomez
as Hakim the Slave Trad...
Jeni Le Gon
as Dresser to Sherazad
Robert Greig
as Eunuch-Story Teller
Emory Parnell
as Harem Sentry
Harry Cording
as Blacksmith
Robin Raymond
as Slave Girl
Carmen D'Antonio
as Harem Girl
Virginia Engels
as Harem Girl
Nedra Sanders
as Harem Girl
Mary Tyler Moore
as Harem Girl
Veronika Pataky
as Harem Girl
Jean Trent
as Harem Girl
Frances Gladwin
as Harem Girl
Patsy Mace
as Harem Girl
Pat Starling
as Harem Girl
June Ealey
as Harem Girl
Art Miles
as Bidder
Elyse Knox
as Duenna
Ernest Whitman
as Nubian Slave
Eva Puig
as Old Woman
Ken Christy
as Provost Marshal
John Berkes
as Blind Beggar
Cordell Hickman
as Black Boy
Paul Clayton
as Black Boy
Alaine Brandes
as Street Slave Girl
Duke York
as Archer
Mary Moore
as Harem Girl
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Critic Reviews for Arabian Nights

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This Universal's multi Oscar-nominated tale was very popular in the 1940s

Full Review… | July 28, 2011

Audience Reviews for Arabian Nights


Hard to believe it now anymore but there was a time in Hollywood when portraying Arabs and their culture was actually cooler than sunglasses and this was from that time. Basically, Hollywood assumes that Americans don't know crap about Arab culture and so they throw everything Arab sounding at 'em in one gumbo of half baked ideas. Dress it up in fancy costumes, do it in technicolor, throw a score on it with loads of Arab soundalike musicalities, and boom, foreign intrigue in a bottle. Romance. Action. Or a reasonable facsimile anyway. Not terrible, but not too good either.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Corny, mindless fun. Think 1001 Nights meets The Three Stooges! Haroun and Kamar are brothers fighting each other for the right to rule Turkey and win the hand of the dancer Scheherazade. In their royal battle, the brothers encounter a traveling band of performers, Sinbad the sailor (played by Shemp Howard!) and young prince Aladdin. Awesome production quality for 1942! This film was nominated for Best Music Score, Best Art Direction Color, Best Cinematography Color, and Best Sound and I can see why!

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