The Adventures of Hajji Baba
|The Adventures of Hajji Baba|
|Directed by||Don Weis|
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Written by||Richard Collins
James Justinian Morier (novel)
|Music by||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|Editing by||William Austin|
|Distributed by||Allied Artists (USA)
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (non-USA)
|Release dates||October 1, 1954|
|Running time||94 minutes|
The Adventures of Hajji Baba is an American film, released on October 1, 1954 in the United States. The film was made in Southern California, and starred John Derek and Elaine Stewart. It was connected to the Hajji Baba series of novels by James Justinian Morier.
In Ispahan, Persia, a barber named Hajji Baba is leaving his father's shop to find a great fortune, while the Princess Fawzia is trying to talk her father into giving her in marriage to Nur-El-Din a prince known far and wide. Her father intends for Fawzia to marry a friend and ally, and makes plans to send her to him. But a courier brings word from Nur-El-Din that an escort awaits Fawzia on the outskirts of the city and she escapes the palace disguised as a boy. Hajji encounters the escort-warrior at the rendezvous spot, is attacked and beats up the escort with his barber's tools. The princess arrives and mistakes Hajji as the escort until he mistakes the emerald ring sent by Nur-El-Din to Fawzia as the prize to be delivered. In her efforts to escape him, her turban becomes unbound and Hajji realizes that the girl herself is the treasure Nur-El-Din awaits. Hajji promises to escort her and they spend the night with the caravan of Osman Aga (Thomas Gomez), who invites them to stay for the dancing girls, among them, the incomparable Ayesha (Rosemarie Bowe). The pair are overtaken by the Caliph's guards sent to bring Fawzia back, but the guards are driven off by an invading army of Turcoman women, a band of fierce and beautiful women who prey on passing merchants.
The film was a hit and made a profit of $673,593.
This movie has maintained little popularity, and is not available on DVD, although it is occasionally shown on Turner Classic Movies. It had a small release on VHS.
- John Derek- Hajji Baba
- Elaine Stewart- Princess Fawzia
- Rosemarie Bowe- Ayesha
- Amanda Blake- Banah, The Turkamen Leader
- Paul Picerni- Nur-El-Din
- Donald Randolph- The Caliph
- Thomas Gomez- Osman Aga
- Pat Sheehan- Handmaiden
- Joanne Arnold- Susu
- Pat Lawler- Slave Girl