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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.

Plot

A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he organizes work programs, taxes the rich and abolishes the army.

Cast

  • Eddie Cantor ... Ali Baba/Aloysius 'Al' Babson
  • Tony Martin ... Yusuf/Announcer at Premiere
  • Roland Young ... Sultan
  • June Lang ... Princess Miriam
  • Gypsy Rose Lee ... Sultana
  • Raymond Scott ... Orchestra Leader
  • John Carradine ... Ishak/Broderick
  • Virginia Field ... Dinah
  • Alan Dinehart ... Boland
  • Douglass Dumbrille ... Prince Musah
  • Maurice Cass ... Omar, The Rug Maker
  • Warren Hymer ... Tramp
  • Stanley Fields ... Tramp
  • Paul Hurst... Captain
  • Sam Hayes ... Radio Announcer/Assistant Director
  • Charles Lane ... Doctor
  • Jeni Le Gon ... Specialty Dancer

Uncredited Guests At Premiere:

  • Phyllis Brooks ... Herself
  • Dolores del Rio ... Herself
  • Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself
  • Jack Haley ... Himself
  • Sonja Henie ... Herself
  • Victor McLaglen ... Himself
  • Tyrone Power ... Himself
  • The Ritz Brothers ... Themselves
  • Cesar Romero ... Himself
  • Ann Sothern ... Herself
  • Shirley Temple ... Herself
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