Arabian Nights

by karljhickey14 | created - 05 Nov 2016 | updated - 23 Oct 2017 | Public

Hollywood B Movies of the 40s and 50s set in an Arabian never - never land . Historical accuracy not included . Key players - Jon Hall , Rock Hudson , Tony Curtis , Maureen O'Hara , Yvonne De Carlo , Sabu , Paulette Goddard Included are a few of the cheaper biblical films , which used most of the same sets and costumes .

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1. Arabian Nights (1942)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The caliph of Baghdad must go into hiding with a group of traveling performers when his brother usurps the throne. Both brothers desire a beautiful dancing girl, who is torn between power and true love.

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu, Leif Erickson

Votes: 1,122 | Gross: $3.71M

2. The Golden Blade (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Adventure

Basra merchant Harun Al-Rashid avenges his father's murder in this adventure set in ancient Bagdad and inspired from the Arabic fairy tales of One Thousand and One Nights.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Gene Evans, George Macready

Votes: 527

3. Omar Khayyam (1957)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Biography, Romance

During the 11th century, Persian poet Omar Khayyam's lover marries the Shah but the Shah, whose life is threatened by a sect of assassins, appoints Omar royal advisor.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, John Derek

Votes: 257

4. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 10,503 | Gross: $6.98M

5. Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)

Approved | 116 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

In medieval Persia, during the rule of Caliph Harun-Al-Rashid, Sinbad the Sailor boasts about his latest adventures to his friends.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 1,643

6. The Desert Hawk (1950)

Passed | 77 min | Action, Adventure

A desert guerilla, with flashing scimitar, opposes a tyrannical prince and marries the caliph's daughter.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Richard Greene, Jackie Gleason, George Macready

Votes: 174

7. Kismet (1944)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Fantasy

In ancient Bagdad, Hafiz is a beggar - self coined the King of Beggars - and a master of the slight of hand. He often likes to wander the streets late at night pretending to be a Prince, ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, James Craig, Edward Arnold

Votes: 942

8. Slave Girl (1947)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An American adventurer goes to Tripoli to rescue some kidnapped sailors, but gets involved with a beautiful slave girl.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, George Brent, Broderick Crawford, Albert Dekker

Votes: 78

9. Bagdad (1949)

Passed | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An English-educated Bedouin princess returns to Bagdad to find her father murdered, a corrupt ruling Pasha in charge and various local factions warring for control of the Caliphate.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Paul Hubschmid, Vincent Price, John Sutton

Votes: 299

10. Tripoli (1950)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Adventure, History

In 1805, the United States battles the pirates of Tripoli as the Marines fight to raise the American flag

Director: Will Price | Stars: John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Howard Da Silva, Phillip Reed

Votes: 332

11. Flame of Araby (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure

An Arabian-nights princess and a Bedouin chief contend over possession of a stallion, but unite to oppose the Corsair Lords.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Jeff Chandler, Maxwell Reed, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 203

12. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin

Votes: 10,789 | Gross: $0.27M

13. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A boy prince, raised by forty thieves, takes revenge on the Mongol invaders who murdered his father and stole his kingdom.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine

Votes: 969

14. Babes in Bagdad (1952)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

Hassan, the Kadi of Bagdad, has a harem housing twelve beauties, but concentrates his attention on Zohara. A newcomer, Kyra, introduces rebellion into the by the unheard of act of ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Gypsy Rose Lee, Richard Ney, John Boles

Votes: 66

15. Sins of Jezebel (1953)

Approved | 74 min | Drama, History

The aging Ahab, king of Israel, comes under the influence of a young and beautiful but scheming pagan woman named Jezebel and, against the advice of his advisers and the prophet Elijah, ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Paulette Goddard, George Nader, Eduard Franz, John Hoyt

Votes: 80

16. Yankee Pasha (1954)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Romance

In 1800, trapper Jason Starbuck falls for Massachusetts girl Roxana but has to rescue her from slavery when sea pirates capture Roxana and sell her to a Moroccan harem.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Rhonda Fleming, Mamie Van Doren, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 157 | Gross: $1.25M

17. The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

In Ispahan, Persia, Hajji Baba is leaving his father's shop to seek a greater fortune, while the Princess Fawzia is trying to talk her father, the Caliph into giving her in marriage to ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weis | Stars: John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Thomas Gomez, Amanda Blake

Votes: 408

18. Son of Ali Baba (1952)

Unrated | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Kashma Baba, the son of the famed Baghdad thief Ali Baba is a cadet in a medieval Persian military academy where he runs afoul of his rival Hussein, the evil Caliph's son.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Susan Cabot, William Reynolds

Votes: 521

19. The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure

In 13th-century Tangiers, regent Mustapha hires a paid assassin to kill baby Prince Hussein in order to usurp his throne but the assassin has second thoughts and steals the baby for himself.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Everett Sloane, Jeff Corey

Votes: 570

20. Slaves of Babylon (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In ancient times, a Jew is instrumental in the crowning of a new Median-Persian king who, in return, conquers Babylon and frees all the Jewish slaves.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Conte, Linda Christian, Maurice Schwartz, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 82

21. Siren of Bagdad (1953)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

In ancient Bagdad, a magician uses his powers and his magic box to save slave girls.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Paul Henreid, Patricia Medina, Hans Conried, Charles Lung

Votes: 170

22. Princess of the Nile (1954)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

In 1249, an Egyptian princess allies herself with the son of the Caliph of Baghdad in order to rid Egypt of its Bedouin invaders.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Dona Drake

Votes: 280

23. The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy

A genie turned mortal after his many failures is sent to Baghdad. As his last chance to prove himself he must help a prince and princess fulfill a prophecy.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Dick Shawn, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, John Van Dreelen

Votes: 124

24. Thief of Damascus (1952)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A young man gathers a group of friends and adventurers to help battle an evil sultan.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Paul Henreid, John Sutton, Jeff Donnell, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 111

25. The Magic Carpet (1951)

Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Abdullah (John Agar)has reached manhood as the son of a physician without knowing he is the true Caliph of Islam. Stirred by the conditions in his country, he infiltrates the palace and ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Lucille Ball, John Agar, Patricia Medina, George Tobias

Votes: 201

26. The Golden Horde (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Action, Adventure

The princess of Samarkand and an English knight confront the armies of Genghis Khan.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Ann Blyth, David Farrar, George Macready, Henry Brandon

Votes: 126

27. The Veils of Bagdad (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Ottoman leadership entrusts Antar with the task of preventing the Pasha of Bagdad from using local leader Mustapha's united hill tribes against the Ottoman Sultan.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Victor Mature, Mari Blanchard, Virginia Field, Guy Rolfe

Votes: 82

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