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Arabian Nights (1942)



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How do you make a film out of a story that's essentially just a framework for a collection of real stories? By being completely unfaithful to the source material, of course! Scheherazade (one of the greatest fictional names, I submit) is captured by a wicked caliph, and it's up to Jon Hall to rescue her. As with most of the Maria Montez/Jon Hall adventures, this one has its share of demonstrative dialogue and overacting, but the film is fun. A nice touch is the appearance of Aladdin and Sinbad (whose real stories are the most famous of the Arabian Nights tales) appear intermittently as comic relief.