Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1918)

Fantasy | 24 November 1918

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HISTORY

Sidney A. and Chester M. Franklin were brothers. Most of the cast members were children. Many films based on stories from The Arabian Nights have been made, although none is a bona fide remake of this film. A film of the same title, loosely based on the same story was made in 1944 by Arthur Lubin for Universal starring Maria Montez and Jon ... More Less

Sidney A. and Chester M. Franklin were brothers. Most of the cast members were children. Many films based on stories from The Arabian Nights have been made, although none is a bona fide remake of this film. A film of the same title, loosely based on the same story was made in 1944 by Arthur Lubin for Universal starring Maria Montez and Jon Hall. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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ETR
30 Nov 18
p. 2069.
ETR
7 Dec 18
p. 73.
MPN
7 Dec 18
p. 3419.
MPW
13 Jan 17
p. 274.
Variety
17 Jan 19
p. 53.
Wid's
1 Dec 18
p. 27.
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Based on the short stories The Arabian Nights' Entertainment , translated by Antoine Galland (Paris, 1704)
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 November 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
24 November 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13089
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ali Baba, a poor Turkish wood chopper, discovers that a robbers' cave, concealed in the mountains that surround his house, opens to the magical phrase, "Open Sesame." Learning that the cave is filled with stolen treasure, he takes home as much as he can carry, but his greedy brother forces him to reveal the cave's location. After gaining admittance to the cave, Ali Baba's brother is seen by the thieves and killed. Meanwhile, Ali Baba falls in love with Morgianna, a slave girl forced to dance in the local inn, and by securing her freedom, he wins her love and loyalty. The leader of the band of robbers suspects that Ali Baba knows the secret of the treasure cave, and in the guise of an oil merchant, he visits Ali Baba with his forty thieves concealed in oil jars. When Morgianna discovers the robbers, she fills the jars with boiling oil, thereby killing them all. Ali Baba defeats the robber chief in combat and then marries his beautiful ... +


Ali Baba, a poor Turkish wood chopper, discovers that a robbers' cave, concealed in the mountains that surround his house, opens to the magical phrase, "Open Sesame." Learning that the cave is filled with stolen treasure, he takes home as much as he can carry, but his greedy brother forces him to reveal the cave's location. After gaining admittance to the cave, Ali Baba's brother is seen by the thieves and killed. Meanwhile, Ali Baba falls in love with Morgianna, a slave girl forced to dance in the local inn, and by securing her freedom, he wins her love and loyalty. The leader of the band of robbers suspects that Ali Baba knows the secret of the treasure cave, and in the guise of an oil merchant, he visits Ali Baba with his forty thieves concealed in oil jars. When Morgianna discovers the robbers, she fills the jars with boiling oil, thereby killing them all. Ali Baba defeats the robber chief in combat and then marries his beautiful Morgianna. +

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