Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by David Butler.

Plot Summary

A tramp sneaks onto the set of a new movie being made about the and falls asleep. He that he goes back in time to ancient Baghdad where he acts as adviser to the Sultan.


* = uncredited

Director: David Butler
Twentieth Century Fox
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Associate Producer: Laurence Schwab
Script: Harry Tugend, Jack Yellen
Story: Gene Towne, Graham Baker, Gene Fowler
Director of Photography: Ernest Palmer
Editor: Irene Morra
Music: Louis Silvers
Art Director: Berbard Herzbrun
Dance Director: Sammy Lee

Eddie Cantor (Al Babson)
Tony Martin (Yusuf)
Roland Young (Sultan)
June Lang (Princess Miriam)
Louise Hovick (Sultana)
John Carradine (Ishak)
Virginia Field (Dinah)
Alan Dinehart (Boland)
Douglass Dumbrille (Prince Musah)
Maurice Cass (Omar)
Warren Hymer, Stanley Fields (tramps)
Douglas Wood (Selim)
Sid Fields (assistant director)
Ferdinand Gottschalk (chief councilor)
Charles Lane (doctor)
Paul Hurst (captain)
Jeni Le Gon (dancer)
Dolores del Rio (guest)
Lee J. Cobb *
Lynn Bari *

Alternative Titles

Ali Baba kommer til byen – Danish title
Alí Babá en la ciudad – Venezuelan title
Ali Baba tulee kaupunkiin – Finnish title
Alì Babà  va in città  – Italian title

Extracts included in
The Day of the Locust (1975)


Absurd no.7 – review

John Carradine: The Films pp,88-89 by Tom Weaver – illustrated credits, review
by Walt Lee p.8 – credits
Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography Volume 1 by Alan G. Fetrow pp.9-10 – credits, review