The Veils of Bagdad

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The Veils of Bagdad
Directed by George Sherman
Produced by Albert J. Cohen
Written by William R. Cox
Based on story by William R. Cox
Starring Victor Mature
Mari Blanchard
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
4 November 1953
Running time
82 mins
Country USA
Language English

The Veils of Bagdad is a 1953 adventure film starring Victor Mature.[1]


Antar is sent by Selima, head of the Ottoman Empire, to prevent Pasha Hammam from attempting to overthrow the emperor.

Selima blames Hammam and his assassin Kasseim for the death of her father.

Kasseim's wife, Rosanna, falls in love with Antar, but he wants Selima for himself.



The film was originally known as Prince of Bagdad. Maureen O'Hara was announced as his "likely" co-star.[2][3] Victor Mature was borrowed from 20th Century Fox.[4] He made it after completing The Glory Brigade and before The Robe - however release was held up until after The Robe had been released.

Eventually Maureen O'Hara asked to be relieved of the assignment and her role was taken by Universal contract player Mari Blanchard.[5]

James Arness was borrowed from Wayne-Fellows.[6] The film also featured a young Stuart Whitman, who had just signed a long term contract with Universal.[7]


  1. ^ The Veils of Bagdad at TCMDB
  2. ^ Drama: Busy Victor Mature Named Bagadad Prince Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 July 1952: A6.
  3. ^ METRO BARS LANZA FROM RADIO SHOWS: Studio Advises N. B. C. Tenor May Not Do Program Because of Contract Difficulties By THOMAS M. PRYORSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 22 Aug 1952: 12
  4. ^ STUDIOS PLANNING 2 ALAN LADD FILMS: Warwick and Columbia to Join in Offering 'The Red Beret' and 'The White South' Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 15 July 1952: 17.
  5. ^ NIVEN BUSCH GETS $40,000 FOR SCRIPT: Bernhard Buys 'Moonlighter' by Author Who Recently Completed New Novel By THOMAS M. PRYORSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Oct 1952: 18.
  6. ^ Italy Focus for 'Nina,' With Pier Angeli; Also for Paramount Tie-up Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 Nov 1952: 13
  7. ^ Scoutmaster Duty Now Likely for Webb; Lauren Bacall to Bait Tycoons Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 Dec 1952: 11

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