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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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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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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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Kick out the usurper
22 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Siren Of Bagdad is a rather broad satire from Columbia of all those Arabian Knights Maria Montez films from Universal. Even after Maria died young those sets got a good dozen years use over at Universal International for such people as Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, and Jeff Chandler.

Playing the title role is Patricia Medina the beautiful daughter of the deposed sultan. Against her charms the witty and sophisticated Paul Henreid, magician and head of a traveling entertainment troupe doesn't have a chance. His troupe of dancing girls plus his assistant Hans Conreid get involved in the politics of Bagdad as they help Medina kick out the usurper. That magician's magic box meant to entertain never saw quite the service it saw in this film. Came in quite handy.

Also coming in handy are those dancing girls. As usurper Charles Lang is seeking to replenish his harem the girls provide a wonderful entrée into intrigue.

This is a decent enough satire, don't try to take it seriously, just relax and enjoy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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