Aladdin (1958 film)

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Genre Musical telefilm
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Produced by Richard Lewine
Written by S.J. Perelman
Starring Sal Mineo
Geoffrey Holder
Anna Maria Alberghetti
Basil Rathbone
Cyril Ritchard
Music by Cole Porter
Country United States
Language English
Original channel CBS
Release date February 21, 1958
Running time 90 min

Aladdin was a 1958 musical fantasy written especially for television with a book by S.J. Perelman and music and lyrics by Cole Porter, telecast in color on the DuPont Show of the Month by CBS. It was Porter's very last musical score. Columbia Records issued both monophonic and stereophonic LP's of the songs with members of the original TV cast, which included Cyril Ritchard, Dennis King, Basil Rathbone, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Geoffrey Holder (as the Genie), and Sal Mineo (as Aladdin). Sony Records has digitally remastered the stereo recording for release on CD.

As far as is known, the original telecast was never repeated (although videotape was in use by then), nor has it been issued on VHS or DVD. A kinescope of the 1958 broadcast survives and can be viewed at both the New York City and Beverly Hills, California branches of The Paley Center For Media.

The musical was later presented on stage in London, premiering on December 17, 1959 at the Coliseum. Bob Monkhouse, Doretta Morrow, Ian Wallace & Ronald Shiner starred. The Musical Director was Bobby Howell.

Musical numbers[edit]

The musical numbers in Aladdin included the following:[1]

  • "Trust Your Destiny to Your Star"
  • "Aladdin"
  • "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking"
  • "I Adore You"
  • "Make Way for the Emperor"
  • "No Wonder Taxes Are High"
  • "Opportunity Knocks but Once"
  • "Wouldn't it Be Fun?"
  • "Genie's Theme"

In 1963, Barbra Streisand recorded one of the songs, "Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking)," for "The Barbra Streisand Album."[2]


  1. ^ Kimball, Robert. (ed.) 1971. Cole. London: Michael Joseph Ltd
  2. ^