To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.
Runtime: 180 minutes
Arabian Nights - Arabian Nights (1942 film) - Netflix
Arabian Nights is a 1942 adventure film starring Sabu, Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Leif Erickson and directed by John Rawlins. The film is derived from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights but owes more to the imagination of Universal Pictures than the original Arabian stories. Unlike other films in the genre (The Thief of Bagdad), it features no monsters or supernatural elements. The film is one of series of “exotic” tales released by Universal during the war years. Others include Cobra Woman, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and White Savage. This is the first film by Universal to use the three-strip Technicolor film process.
Arabian Nights - Production - Netflix
Walter Wanger had just joined Universal for whom he had made Eagle Squadron. Looking for a follow up he noted the box office success of The Thief of Bagdad which starred Sabu, who was under contract to Universal. The studio announced they would make the film on 24 March 1942. Montez, Hall and Sabu were always meant to star. John Rawlins was assigned to direct and filming started in June. Even before filming began Universal announced the trio of leads would appear in a follow up Cobra Woman. Shortly after that the studio said they would appear in another film White Savage. The movie was the first shot in colour on the Universal lot in 12 years. Parts of the film were shot in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah.
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