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Son of Ali Baba (Universal 1952, Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie)



Kurt Neumann directs this frothy costume adventure. In medieval Persia, Ali Baba’s son Kashma (Tony Curtis) is reluctantly studying the art of war when an alluring and mysterious escaped slave (Piper Laurie) stumbles into his tent. This ‘slave’ is actually the Princess Azura, kidnapped by an evil Caliph (Victor Jory), who also has plans to steal Ali Baba’s (Morris Ankrum) treasure. As Azura and Kashma fall in love, he rounds up his fellow soldiers to take on the Caliph and defend his father’s estate.

Son of Ali Baba was director Kurt Neumann’s third film of 1952, the others being Hiawatha and The Ring. He went on to direct the sci-fi classic The Fly (1958).

production details
USA / Universal / 75 minutes / 1952

Director: Kurt Neumann
Producer: Leonard Goldstein
Cinematography: Maury Gertsman
Editor: Virgil W. Vogel
Music: Herman Stein
Script: Gerald Drayson Adams
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, Emrich Nicholson

Tony Curtis as Kashma Baba
Piper Laurie as Kiki / Princess Azura
Susan Cabot as Tala
William Reynolds as Mustapha
Morris Ankrum as Ali Baba