A Thousand and One Nights (1945)





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Thousand and One Nights is an occasionally strident but generally successful satire of the popular Universal Jon Hall/Maria Montez epics. Cornel Wilde stars as a twentyish Aladdin, whose magic lamp yields two genies: Collosus-like Rex Ingram (repeated the role he played in 1940's Thief of Baghdad) and ravishing redhead Evelyn Keyes (who, like future TV genie Barbara Eden, was seemingly born without a navel). Wilde uses his new-found wealth and magical powers to woo princess Adele Jergens, but not without the opposition of villainous Dennis Hoey. Phil Silvers plays Wilde's comic sidekick, a man "born 2000 years ahead of his time" who wears glasses, spouts jive-talk ("Slip me some skin, Abdul!") and cracks anachronistic jokes. The final gag in Thousand and One Nights, in which the genie gives Phil Silvers the voice of Frank Sinatra, has been removed from many TV prints.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Cornel Wilde
as Aladdin
Adele Jergens
as Princess Armina
Evelyn Keyes
as The Genie
Phil Silvers
as Abdullah
Dennis Hoey
as Sultan Kamar Al-Kir/Prince Hadji
Philip Van Zandt
as Grand Wazir AbuHassan
Rex Ingram
as Giant
Richard Hale
as Kofir, the Sorcerer
Carole Mathews
as Handmaiden
Pat Parrish
as Handmaiden
Shelley Winters
as Handmaiden
Vivian Mason
as Exotic Girl
Cy Kendall
as Auctioneer
Charles La Torre
as Innkeeper
Frank Lackteen
as Camel Driver
Murray Leonard
as Camel Driver
Patric Desmond
as Retainer
Frank Sinatra
as [Uncredited]
John Abbott
as Ali, the Tailor
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Silly escapist romantic fantasy film that's played with a wink and a nod.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
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