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Chu Chin Chow (1934)

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The timeworn British stage musical Chu Chin Chow had already been made into a silent picture when this talkie version made its bow in 1934. Based on Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, the film stars corpulent music-hall comedian George Robey as Ali Baba, sinister Fritz Kortner as robber captain Abu Hahan, and exotic Anna May Wong as slave girl Zahrat, who saves Ali's life by properly applying oil to a collection of not-so-empty barrels. The obligatory romantic subplot is handled by John Garrick and

Sep 21, 1934

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This lavish musical from the British studios is a colorful, extravagant costume film that makes its bid for attention purely on an extravaganza platform, and makes the grade.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Musical retelling of the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is well done, if a bit slow.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An old stinker.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This 1934 talkie gives Ms. Wong a couple of powerful scenes to play, looking both dangerous and sexy either dancing or brandishing a dagger.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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