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The Adventures Of Hajji Baba (1954)
Starring John Derek and Elaine Stewart

Beautiful color print and will play in all DVD players.
In the 1950s, historical spectaculars set in the Far or Middle East became the repository for exploitative tales of eroticism, pure lust, and concupiscent freedom. The "decadence" of previous times gave American filmmakers an excuse to satisfy viewers' libidinal and voyeuristic desires. All this holds true for The Adventures of Hajji Baba, a racy, sex-soaked oasis of a film. John Derek stars as an Persian barber given a mission to escort the beautiful princess Fakzia across a desert to her wedding. Hajji bets a friend that he will have succeeded in seducing her by the trip's end and the games begin. The two, elegant in their self-assurance, trade barbs and double entendre until they're captured by robbers who are in turn captured by a group of renegade Amazons. The Amazons are all former harem girls who have taken to highway robbery and kidnapping to extract a measure of justice from the society that imprisoned them. Hajji convinces the leader of the Amazons to let him live and she does as long as he can perform sexually. This buys him enough time to plan an escape with Fakzia and finally cross the desert. Hajji, of course, collects on his bet. Redolent with off-screen hints of prodigious debauchery, The Adventures of Hajji Baba is a unique, and unexpected, product of '50s cinema.
Director: Don Weis
Writers: Richard Collins (screenplay), James Justinian Morier (novel)

Stars: John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Thomas Gomez, Amanda Blake, Rosemarie Bowe, Paul Picerni
Title Song:

Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Orchestral Arrangement by Nelson Riddle
The film is based on The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier published in 1824. It was popular and remained in print for over a century.
In the early 1950s Walter Wanger produced four films with Allied Artists. They were happy with the results and signed a new contract with the producer, the first of which was to be Hajji Baba. It was a return to the type of film Wagner had previously made such as Arabian Nights (1942).
Allied Artists had been shut down for three months but re-opened again with a slate of ten films starting with Hajji Baba. Elaine Stewart and Don Weis were borrowed from MGM. With the creation of CinemaScope, 20th Century Fox wooed cinema owners by agreeing to lease their wide scope lenses to various non Fox studios. The Adventures of Hajji Baba was the first of three CinemaScope films made by Allied Artists Pictures. In addition to supplying the widescreen camera lenses, Fox agreed to finance 50% of the films with Allied Artists receiving the domestic gross of the film and Fox receiving the overseas grosses of the film.
Former Vogue photographer George Hoyningen-Huene and production designer Gene Allen employed a "symbolic" color scheme of five colors to represent and differentiate principal settings and characters. Orange, red and brown for the caravans; green for the Turcoman women's camp; blue for the bazaar sequences; white for "Princess Fawzia"; and black-against-white for the desert encampment of "Nur-El-Din."
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