powered by AFI
DVDs from TCM Shop
The working title of this film was Fandango. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) was a celebrated Russian composer and music teacher. In 1862, Rimsky-Korsakov, then a sailor in the Russian Navy, embarked on a three-year cruise and completed his first symphony aboard ship. After returning to St. Petersburg in 1865, he revised the symphony, which debuted later that year. In 1871, he resigned from the Navy and joined the faculty of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Rimsky-Korsakov composed the suite "Scheherazade" in 1888. "The Song of India" was written in 1898 for the opera Sadko and "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" was part of the 1900 opera Tsar Sultan. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places William Ching in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A New York Times news item notes that dancer Helen McAllister coached Yvonne De Carlo in the dance numbers. For information on other films dealing with A Thousand and One Nights, see entry above for Arabian Nights.