Chu Chin Chow by Walter Forde |George Robey, Fritz Kortner, Anna May Wong | 886470918027 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Chu Chin Chow

Chu Chin Chow

Director: Walter Forde

Cast: George Robey, Fritz Kortner, Anna May Wong

     
 

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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

Overview

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 Pearl Argyle, while comedy relief is supplied by a vaudevillian named Jetsam (that's right, of the team of "Flotsam and...") Director Walter Forde does little to "cinematize" the old property, which is just as well. Originally released at 93 minutes, Chu Chin Chow was shorn of about 5 minutes before its American release; presumably some of the sexier "nautch" dances were among the excised scenes.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0886470918027
Original Release:
1934
Source:
Mr Fat - W Video
Sales rank:
88,828

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Robey Ali Baba
Fritz Kortner Abu Hassan
Anna May Wong Zahrat
John Garrick Nur-al-din
Pearl Argyle Marjanah
Sydney Fairbrother Mahbubah
Dennis Hoey Rakham
Lawrence Hanray Kasim Baba
Frank Cochrane Mustafa
Gibb McLaughlin Actor
Francis L. Sullivan Caliph
Kiyoshi Takase Entertainer

Technical Credits
Walter Forde Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Anton Dolin Choreography
Sidney Gilliat Screenwriter
Mutz Greenbaum Cinematographer
Edward Knoblock Screenwriter
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Frederic Norton Score Composer,Songwriter
L. Du Garde Peach Screenwriter
Phil C. Samuel Producer

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