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Ali Baba Goes to Town

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Director  David Butler
Music director  Robert Russell Bennett
Language  English
8.1/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Country  United States
Ali Baba Goes to Town movie poster
Writer  C. Graham Baker, Gene Fowler, Gene Towne, Harry Tugend, Jack Yellen
Release date  29 October 1937
Screenplay  Gene Fowler, Jack Yellen, Gene Towne
Cast  Eddie Cantor (Ali Baba), Tony Martin (Yusuf), Roland Young (Sultan), June Lang (Princess Miriam), Gypsy Rose Lee (Sultana (as Louise Hovick)), John Carradine (Ishak)
Similar movies  Inside Out, Birdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Aladdin, Frozen, The Nightmare Before Christmas

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All Al Babson (Eddie Cantor) wants when he stumbles onto the set of a movie about Ali Baba is an autograph. Instead, he winds up with a head injury. Wanting to fend off a lawsuit, the director hires him as an extra. But Al accidentally takes too many painkillers and falls into a dream in which he meets a sultan (Roland Young) who makes him a palace official. Soon hes helping a lovesick princess (June Lang) marry her commoner boyfriend and falling in love with the lovely Deenah (Virginia Field).


Ali Baba Goes to Town movie scenes

Ali Baba Goes to Town is a 1937 film starring Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, and Roland Young. Cantor plays a hobo named Aloysius "Al" Babson, who walks into the camp of a movie company that is making the Arabian Nights. He falls asleep and dreams he is in Baghdad as an advisor to the Sultan (Young). He organizes work programs, taxes the rich, and abolishes the army, in a spoof of Roosevelts New Deal.

The cast also includes Gypsy Rose Lee, using the stage name of Louise Hovick, as the Sultana. The Raymond Scott Quintette also appears, performing "Twilight In Turkey."

A clip from Ali Baba Goes to Town is shown in the movie The Day of the Locust (1975), in which Karen Black plays an aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood. A brief shot of Black is edited into the Ali Baba footage to create the impression that her character played a bit role in that film.

While visiting Hollywood a starstruck movie fan (Eddie Cantor) fantasizes about himself cast in an Arabian adventure. Director David Butler's comedywith many songsalso features Tony Martin, Roland Young, Gypsy Rose Lee (billed as Rose Hovick), John Carradine, June Lang, Virginia Field, Charles Lane, The Peters Sisters and many big-name guest stars playing themselves.


  • Eddie Cantor ... Ali Baba/Aloysius Al Babson
  • Tony Martin ... Yusuf/Announcer at Premiere
  • Roland Young ... Sultan
  • June Lang ... Princess Miriam
  • Gypsy Rose Lee ... Sultana
  • Raymond Scott ... Orchestra Leader
  • John Carradine ... Ishak/Broderick
  • Virginia Field ... Dinah
  • Alan Dinehart ... Boland
  • Douglass Dumbrille ... Prince Musah
  • Maurice Cass ... Omar, The Rug Maker
  • Warren Hymer ... Tramp
  • Stanley Fields ... Tramp
  • Paul Hurst... Captain
  • Sam Hayes ... Radio Announcer/Assistant Director
  • Charles Lane ... Doctor
  • Jeni Le Gon ... Specialty Dancer
  • Uncredited Guests At Premiere:

  • Phyllis Brooks ... Herself
  • Dolores del Rio ... Herself
  • Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself
  • Jack Haley ... Himself
  • Sonja Henie ... Herself
  • Victor McLaglen ... Himself
  • Tyrone Power ... Himself
  • The Ritz Brothers ... Themselves
  • Cesar Romero ... Himself
  • Ann Sothern ... Herself
  • Shirley Temple ... Herself
  • References

    Ali Baba Goes to Town Wikipedia
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