Ali Baba Goes to Town (TCF 1937, Eddie Cantor, Gypsy Rose Lee)

Ali Baba Goes To Town

Ali Bobo (Eddie Cantor), an extra working on a splashy Arabian adventure in Hollywood, falls asleep on the set and dreams he is back in ancient Arabia.

There he is hired by Sultan of Baghdad to act as Chief Minister. Resolving to turn Baghdad into a peaceful, happy utopia, Ali sets about decommissioning the Sultan’s army, increasing taxes on the rich, and increasing the availability of jobs.

Understandably, Ali’s new schemes do not wash well with all and pretty soon he has several enemies all bent on murdering him. Overcoming them with the help of a flying carpet, Ali saves the day and then wakes up to find himself back in reality.

Shirley Temple, Tyrone Power and other stars appear at a Hollywood premiere at the end of the movie. The film being shown is the one in which Cantor’s character, a hobo named Al Babson, finds work as an extra.

Cast: Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young, John Carradine, Maurice Cass, Alan Dinehart, Douglass Dumbrille, Virginia Field, June Lang, Gypsy Rose Lee,

Director: David Butler
Producers: Lawrence Schwab, Darryl F. Zanuck
Director of Photography: Ernest Palmer
Editor: Irene Morra
Composers: Mack Gordon, Harry Revel, Raymond Scott, Louis Silvers
Screenwriters: C. Graham Baker, Gene Fowler Jr., Harry Tugend, Jack Yellen
Production Designer: Bernard Herzbrun

USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 81 minutes / 1937

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