Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ali Baba Goes to Town1937

Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)





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Autograph hound Al Babson (Eddie Cantor) accidentally disrupts the filming of a movie about Ali Baba, and is injured in the process. The filmmakers try to buy him off, but nurse Dinah (Virginia Field) suggests he be hired as an extra. He takes an overdose of painkillers, and his Arabian Nights dreams combine with the plot of the movie. His name leads the populace to think he's the son of Ali Baba, and he's taken to the palace of Sultan Abdullah (Roland Young), who's so impressed by Al that he makes him prime minister. Princess Miriam (June Lang) is in love with Yusuf (Tony Martin), the leader of the peasants, while Al has fallen for Deenah (also Virginia Field), whose father Omar (Maurice Cass) is trying to make a carpet fly. Meanwhile, the evil Prince Musah (Douglas Dumbrille) is conspiring with Sultana (Louise Hovick), one of Abdullah's many wives, to capture the princess, take over Bagdad, and kill Abdullah and Al as well. Miriam and Yusuf are unhappy because royalty and commoners cannot marry, so Al comes up with a plan to help his friends, but the plan spectacularly backfires, and Abdullah orders him to be boiled in oil. ~ Bill Warren, Rovi


Eddie Cantor
as Ali Baba
June Lang
as Princess Miriam
Douglass Dumbrille
as Prince Musah
Paul Hurst
as Captain
Sam Hayes
as Radio Announcer
Sid Fields
as Assistant Director
Ferdinand Gottschalk
as Chief Councilor
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Critic Reviews for Ali Baba Goes to Town

All Critics (3)

As a musical show, Ali Baba Goes to Town is lavish, tuneful and handsomely produced. As a political satire, it's lighthearted and easygoing.

October 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Hollywood pats itself on the back for bringing low-brow entertainment to the masses.

July 15, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Eddie Cantor travels back in time in this amusing musical adventure

June 22, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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