The Arabian Nights

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In a harem in a Middle Eastern palace, the guardian leads the women he protects in telling the tale of Halroun-Al-Raschid (Jon Hall), the Caliph of Bagdad, who found himself an enemy close to home in the form of his half-brother Kamar (Leif Erickson), who was ineligible for the throne because of his mother's having been a slave. Halroun and his followers initially put down Kamar's attempt at usurpation, until Halroun's ambitious vizier Nadan (Edgar Barrier) changes sides. In the confusion of the ensuing battle, ...
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Overview

In a harem in a Middle Eastern palace, the guardian leads the women he protects in telling the tale of Halroun-Al-Raschid (Jon Hall), the Caliph of Bagdad, who found himself an enemy close to home in the form of his half-brother Kamar (Leif Erickson), who was ineligible for the throne because of his mother's having been a slave. Halroun and his followers initially put down Kamar's attempt at usurpation, until Halroun's ambitious vizier Nadan (Edgar Barrier) changes sides. In the confusion of the ensuing battle, Halroun is wounded -- spotted by the young acrobat Ali (Sabu), he is sheltered by a group of traveling players led by Ahmad (Billy Gilbert), whose ranks also include a player and storyteller (and, if he is to be believed, former sailor) named Sinbad (Shemp Howard) and a man named Aladdin (John Qualen) who is searching for a magic lamp -- and a dancer named Scheherazade (Maria Montez), who had beguiled Kamar and welcomes his ascent to the throne, because she has been told that she is destined to marry a king. She loves the wounded man in her care, whose identity she doesn't know, but is intent on marrying Kamar, now that he is Caliph. But her plans are thwarted by Nadan, who wants no competition from her in his sway over Kamar, and has arranged to have her killed; but when an avaricious officer (Turhan Bey)instead sells her and the entire performing troup to a dishonest slave trader (Thomas Gomez). From that moment, complications ensue for all concerned, as the new Caliph goes after his beloved, the deposed king Halroun tries to protect her and regain his throne, and Nadan hopes to come out sitting on the throne himself. Treachery and narrow escapes, and even a few thwarted plans ensue on all sides as the hero Haroun has to watch out for Scheherazade and himself from several sides at once, all while keeping his identity from her.
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Special Features

Exclusive introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film Historian Robert Osborne; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • UPC: 025192419720
  • Original Release: 1942
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Restored / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,259

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Hall Haroun al Raschid
Maria Montez Scheherazade
Leif Erickson Kamar
Sabu Ali ben Ali
Billy Gilbert Ahmad
Edgar Barrier Nadan
Richard Lane Corporal
Turhan Bey Captain
John Qualen Aladdin
Shemp Howard Sinbad
Wee Willie Davis Valda
Thomas Gomez Hakim the Slave Trader
Jeni Le Gon Dresser to Sherazad
Charles Coleman Eunuch
Adia Kuznetzoff Slaver
Emory Parnell Harem Sentry
Harry Cording Blacksmith
Robin Raymond Slave Girl
Carmen D'Antonio Harem Girl
Acquanetta Ishya
Robert Barron
John Berkes Blind Beggar
Anthony Blair
Alaine Brandes Street Slave Girl
André Charlot
Ken Christy Provost Marshal
Paul Clayton Black Boys
June Ealey Harem Girl
Virginia Engels
Frances Gladwin
Robert Greig Eunuch - Story Teller
Eloise Hardt Virgin
Jamiel Hasson
Cordell Hickman
Elyse Knox Duenna
Frank Lackteen
Patsy Mace
Murdock MacQuarrie Bidders
Art Miles
Mary Moore
Veronika Pataky
Helen Pender
Eva Puig Old Woman
Mickey Simpson Hangman
Pat Starling
Jean Trent
Crane Whitley
Ernest Whitman Nubian Slave
Duke York Archer
Technical Credits
John Rawlins Director
Alexander Golitzen Production Designer
True Boardman Sr. Screenwriter
True Boardman Jr. Screenwriter
Phil Cahn Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
W. Howard Greene Cinematographer
Michael Hogan Screenwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Jack Otterman Production Designer
Jack Otterson Art Director
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
William Skall Cinematographer
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Walter Wanger Producer
Ira S. Webb Set Decoration/Design
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
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Disc #1 -- Arabian Nights
   Introduction
   Trailer
   Subtitles
      English SDH*
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