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The Adventures of Hajji Baba(1954)

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According to contemporary news items, independent producer Walter Wanger entered into a four-picture contract with Allied Artists, with the intent that the studio would co-produce and distribute The Adventures of Hajji Baba and three other films. In mid-April 1954, however, Allied and Wanger struck a deal with Twentieth Century-Fox to distribute the picture. Although a April 6, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Linda Christian had been signed for a "top role," she does not appear in the finished film. Hollywood Reporter news items included the following actors in the cast, although their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed: Vicki Mann, Helen Marsh, Mary Ellen Batten, Jean Corbett, Angelina Bauer, Cynthia Blair, Mary Lou Clifford, Joan Corbett, Barbara Drake, Helene Drake, La Rue Farlow, Jean Gooddall, Ruth Johnson, Beverly Jordan, Jeanne Maybery, Joan Patti, Gaye Pope, Colleen Vico, D. W. McGuire, Shirley Douglas and Cosmo Sardo.
       According to Hollywood Reporter news items, the picture was partially shot on location at Lone Pine and the Panamint Mountains, CA. Several contemporary sources reported that former Vogue photographer George Hoyningen-Huene and production designer Gene Allen employed a "symbolic" color scheme of five colors to represent and differentiate principal settings and characters. Orange, red and brown for the caravans; green for the Turcoman women's camp; blue for the bazaar sequences; white for "Princess Fawzia"; and black-against-white for the desert encampment of "Nur-El-Din" were the primary color schemes used, according to April and May 1954 Variety and Los Angeles Times news items. The song "Hajji Baba," written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington and sung by Nat King Cole, is heard during the opening credits and intermittently throughout the film.