Ali Baba Goes to Town

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Ali Baba Goes to Town
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Lobby card
Directed by David Butler
Produced by
Written by C. Graham Baker
Gene Fowler
Gene Towne
Harry Tugend
Jack Yellen
Starring Eddie Cantor
Tony Martin
Roland Young
Music by Robert Russell Bennett
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 29, 1937 (1937-10-29)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ali Baba Goes to Town is a 1937 film starring Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, and Roland Young. Cantor plays a hobo named Aloysius "Al" Babson, who walks into the camp of a movie company that is making the Arabian Nights. He falls asleep and dreams he is in Baghdad as an advisor to the Sultan (Young). He organizes work programs, taxes the rich, and abolishes the army, in a spoof of Roosevelt's New Deal.

The cast also includes Gypsy Rose Lee, using the stage name of Louise Hovick, as the Sultana. The Raymond Scott Quintette also appears, performing "Twilight In Turkey."

A clip from Ali Baba Goes to Town is shown in the movie The Day of the Locust (1975), in which Karen Black plays an aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood. A brief shot of Black is edited into the Ali Baba footage to create the impression that her character played a bit role in that film.


Uncredited Guests At Premiere:

Cultural References[edit]

Some scenes from Ali Baba Goes to Town are described in detail in Swing Time by Zadie Smith. The character Tracey resembles the dancer Jeni LeGon, who performs in the movie.

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