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Aladdin and His Lamp

Aladdin and His Lamp(1952)

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The film begins with a written foreword detailing the kindness of the "Caliph" and his successor to the throne of Bagdad, "Princess Jasmine", who faces danger from the evil "Prince Bokra" but will be aided by the expert pickpocket "Aladdin" and the Magical Lamp of Great Wonder. Although the first few titles of the opening credits were not visible on the print viewed, information in reviews and the Catalog of Copyright Entries indicates that Walter Wanger, Patricia Medina and John Sands are listed above the title. The copyright record also includes Sam Roeca as a writer, although he was not listed in the onscreen credits.
       A July 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Ben Schwalb began as the sole producer of the film, but Wanger, who was at that point the film's technical advisor, took over when Schwalb's schedule became too busy. According to an April 1952 Hollywood Citizen-News article, Charles Haas sued Citadel Pictures for $52,000 for failing to credit him for his part in making the film. Haas claimed to have directed a series of shorts for television based on the Aladdin character which, after he failed to find a television distributor, were made into Aladdin and His Lamp. The disposition of the suit is not known, and it has not been determined what part Citadel Pictures played in the production or distribution of the picture.
       The character of "Aladdin" and tales from The Arabian Nights have appeared in many films, including the 1917 Fox feature Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, directed by C. M. Franklin and starring Francis Carpenter (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20); Columbia's 1951 release entitled Thief of Damascus (see below); the 1951 M-G-M film The Wonders of Aladdin, directed by Henry Levin and starring Donald O'Connor (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1951-60); and the animated 1992 Disney production Aladdin, featuring Robin Williams as the voice of the "Genie."