Dizzying Baghdadian luxury fills the screen in this opulently colored CinemaScope presentation of the popular stage musical. Filmed silently in 1920, then in 1930, and again in 1944 (the last film starring Marlene Dietrich and Ronald Colman), the Arabian Nights
-inspired play by Edward
Knoblock was converted into a Broadway hit by Robert Wright and George Forrest, using the music of Borodin. In this adaptation, Howard Keel stars as the poet-beggar Haaj, who is embroiled in a scheme engineered by the power-hungry wazir (Sebastian Cabot) to marry the wazir's son, the caliph (Vic
Damone), to a princess. Haaj, however, is in a bind because his daughter (Ann Blyth...