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Siren of Bagdad (1953)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 20 May 1953 (USA)
In ancient Bagdad, a magician uses his powers and his magic box to save slave girls.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay), Larry Rhine (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Henreid ... Kazah the Great
Patricia Medina ... Princess Zendi
Hans Conried ... Ben Ali
Charles Lung Charles Lung ... Sultan El Malid (as Charlie Lung)
Laurette Luez ... Orena
Anne Dore Anne Dore ... Leda
George Keymas ... Soradin
Michael Fox ... Telar
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Morab (as Karl Davis)
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Hamid
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Storyline

Kazah the Great (Paul Henreid), a magician heads a troupe of girls and acrobats traveling in Arabia. The girls are stolen by Sultan El Malid Charles Lung), and Kazak joins forces with Zendi (Patricia Medina), the daughter of the rightful sultan that was deposed by Malidi to get the girls back and rid Bagdad of the evil Malid. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Very, Very Gay! When the Sultan's Away, and the Royal Magician Starts to Play...in the Harem! (original ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siren of Baghdad See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Magician Kazah (Paul Henreid) briefly transforms Ben Ali (Hans Conried) into a beautiful harem girl (Vivian Mason), whose voice is dubbed by Conreid to comical effect. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie Kazah the Great performs a trick where he makes a girl vanish from a box. After he places her in the box, he tips it over to show she's gone. Watch toward the back edge of the box and the girl's fingertips will briefly appear above the edge of the box, showing she is still lying there behind the now-tilted box. See more »

Quotes

Ben Ali: [to a guard] I beg your pardon. I realize they haven't been invented yet, but have you got a match?
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"The sands of the desert have barbecued my bunions."
13 April 2009 | by gerdeen-1See all my reviews

That immortal line sums it up, folks. This campy desert feature has even more gags than it has harem girls, and they're often as funny as they are unbelievable. Paul Henreid plays a dashing magician (with a dash of Vaudeville) in a kind of low-rent "Arabian Nights" empire. Henreid's famous role in "Casablanca" must have led to a fascination with the Sahara, because he did more than one sword-and-sandal picture later, though they were an odd fit. Patricia Medina, who had her own long career in costumers, is beautiful as the "siren" but doesn't have much chemistry with Henreid. The great character actor Hans Conreid, as Henreid's wise-cracking sidekick, utters the immortal line quoted above, among others. I would like to think that some minor studio executive said, "Paul Henreid and Hans Conreid? Aren't they the same guy?" That's the spirit in which this one was made.


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