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The working titles of this film were The Strange Adventures of Sinbad, Strange Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor and The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor. In 1944, Hollywood Reporter announced that the picture was to be produced by William Pereira, under the supervision of Jack Gross. RKO borrowed George Tobias from Warner Bros. for the production. Hollywood Reporter announced that Luba Malina was to have a "top role" in the picture, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s role in this picture was his first following his five years in the Navy. According to Hollywood Reporter, Fairbanks used many character actors and stuntmen formerly associated with his silent movie star father, Douglas Fairbanks, including actor Charles Stevens and Dave Kashner, a bullwhip expert. Modern sources note that Fairbanks performed his own stunts in the production. The film cost $2,459,000 to make and earned a modest profit at the box office, according to modern sources.
Many films using the Sinbad character have been made, including Sinbad the Sailor, a one-reel 1919 Universal picture; a 1955 RKO sequel called Son of Sinbad, directed by Ted Tetzlaff and starring Dale Robertson; and three films with special effects provided by Ray Harryhausen: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, directed by Nathan Juran and starring Kerwin Matthews and Kathryn Grant; The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, directed by Gordon Hessler and starring John Phillip Law and Caroline Munro; and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, a 1977 Columbia release, directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Sam Wanamaker, Patrick Wayne and Jane Seymour and the animated 2003 Dream Works SKG film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, directed by Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson and featuring the voices of Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones.