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Thursday, June 2, 2022


Yet another wonderful technicolor fantasy from Universal.

The Kino presentation of this film is simply beautiful. Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Turhen Bey star in this wild adventure about a young boy who is raised by 40 thieves and then seeks revenge against the evil Khan (Kurt Katch) who killed his father and rules the land with an iron fist.

That is the entire plot of this fun and colorful film that Universal turned out in 1943. Montez and Hall made 6 of these technicolor wonders and each one of them made tons of money for the studio. With these beautiful Blu-rays one can see why.

There is plenty of action and romance along the way as well as some good comedy. Hall is Ali Baba and he always makes a dashing hero. Maria Montez was a lovely woman who looked great in color and was perfect for these kinds of roles.

Kino has so far released 3 of these adventure films and they are planning to release the other three in a set this summer. It will be good to have the entire Montez/Hall Collection.

The rest of the cast includes Andy Devine, Frank Puglia, Ramsay Ames and Maroni Olsen. If you're looking for simple, escapist fun, this is the movie for you. I cannot recommend it enough.

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