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Chu-Chin-Chow (1934)

Musical retelling of the "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" Arabian Nights tale.

Director:

Walter Forde

Writers:

Oscar Asche (play), Edward Knoblock (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Robey ... Ali Baba
Fritz Kortner ... Abu Hasan
Anna May Wong ... Zahrat
John Garrick ... Nur-al-din Baba
Pearl Argyle ... Marjanah, servant girl
Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' McEachern Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' McEachern ... Abdullah, Kassim's major-domo (as Jetsam)
Dennis Hoey ... Rakham, chief henchman
Sydney Fairbrother Sydney Fairbrother ... Mahbubah Baba, Ali's wife
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Kasim Baba (as Laurence Hanray)
Frank Cochrane Frank Cochrane ... Mustafa
Thelma Tuson Thelma Tuson ... Alcolom Baba, Kassim's wife
Francis L. Sullivan ... The Caliph (as Francis Sullivan)
Gibb McLaughlin ... The Caliph's Vizier
Kiyoshi Takase Kiyoshi Takase ... Entertainer at Feast (as Kyoshi Takase)
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Ali Baba discovers the treasure cave of robber-baron Abu Hasan, and tells his greedy brother, Kasim Baba, who is posing as a Chinese merchant and entertaining Hasan, where the cache is hidden. Zahrat, acting as a spy for Hasan, is blamed when the robber is almost caught, and Kasim is killed. Zahrat then decides to join Ali and his son, Nor-al-din, who is in love with the slave-girl, Marjanal. During a party, she kills the disguised Hasan, and his men are boiled in oil. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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See Ali Baba and His Forthy Thieves Plunder for Gold and Women! (USA re-release poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's name was Stan Lee's inspiration for the Marvel Comics character of Fin Fang Foom See more »

Alternate Versions

When reissued by Lippert in the 1950s, the film was "revised" and cut, first to 93 minutes, then to 78. This version is titled "Ali Baba Nights." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Selections
from "Chu Chin Chow"
Music by Frederick Norton
Lyrics by Oscar Asche
Additional Lyrics by Sidney Gilliat
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A lavish production
3 September 2015 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

This movie is adapted from the incredibly popular British musical stage show that had over two thousand performance on the London stage. It's based on the Ali Baba and Forty Thieves story. The sets are lavish and highly stylized and a large number of extras are used - the production values in this movie are stunning. The uncut 102 minute version is available from VCI Entertainment - it's a very good print. For me, the major reasons for seeing this film are that it is of such historical importance and that it features Anna May Wong. It was nice seeing her in such a prestigious film. That said, some of the acting was overdone and not really suitable for film, although undoubtedly fine for the stage. It's purely a matter of taste but I didn't find the story interesting or the music memorable or enjoyable. I think the movie is too long and slow going. I probably should have watched the 78 minute version - which VCI includes with the uncut version set.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali Baba Nights See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(reissue) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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