Ali Baba (Aziz Sattar) is a poor man who cannot succeed in life. He constantly sends his wife to his brother Kassim Baba’s house to borrow flour so they can eat, but the stingy Kassim Baba (S. Shamsuddin) is frustrated at his brother and constantly reminds his wife, Alojah, of Ali Baba’s uselessness. One day, when Ali Baba is out gathering firewood, he sees a group of 40 thieves marching through the woods carrying loot and treasures. He hides in a tree and watches their leader (P. Ramlee) stand in front of a cave and sings a verse of seemingly nonsensical words (in actuality a Javanese language poem) which causes an entrance to the cave to open. Ali Baba waits until the thieves have all left the cave before coming out of the tree and used the magic words to open the cave. Inside, he discovers a variety of riches and wealth, but he only takes a box of gold coins.
With the gold coins, Ali Baba is able to pay Kassim back everything he owes and lives in relative comfort. Kassim Baba is overcomed with curiosity and pesters Ali Baba to tell him how he suddenly came into wealth. Ali Baba eventually relents and tells Kassim about the cave and the magical verse to open it, but before he can tell him the verse to close the cave, or about the thieves who use it, Kassim Baba rushes off to find the cave.
Kassim Baba, in his greed, tries to steal everything in the cave. He is caught when the thieves return while he is still there and he forgets the chants to open the cave door. After trying repeatedly to stall, they eventually kill him. When Kassim does not return, Ali Baba sneaks out to the cave, where he finds his brothers’ remains. He collects Kassim and has him sewn together by bribing the town cobbler, Apek, to do it. The thieves soon know that the invader was Kassim Baba and plan to rob him. In order to do so, the leader instruct one of his henchmen, Sarjan, to draw an X mark on Kassim Baba’s house door. Marjina finds out, removes the X mark on the front door and then draws an X mark on the town’s toilet door. The thieves soon assault the toilet, foolishly believing it to be Kassim Baba’s house and sure enough, stinking them. The enraged leader then punishes the henchman that he instructed earlier. The next two henchmen, under their leader’s instructions, go in search of Kassim Baba’s house. He then threaten the city undertaker to tell them the whereabouts of Kassim Baba’s house since he refuses earlier (the undertaker suspects them to have evil intentions). The undertaker then informs Marjina, whom the latter marks X on all over the houses and buildings in the city. Finally, the leader decides he himself must look for the house of Ali Baba and instructed for mobile hiding places to be readied to hide his thieves. —Wikipedia
Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. P. Ramlee, PSM, AMN, DA (Sarawak) (March 22, 1929 – May 29, 1973) was a Malaysian film actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. Due to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary work, he is often considered the icon of Malay entertainment in Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra (especially in Aceh due to his ancestry).
P. Ramlee was born Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh, on the first day of the Eid festival, which fell on 22 March 1929. His father, Teuku Nyak Puteh, was a sailor from Aceh, who later married Che Mah Hussain.
In 1947, he won the first place in a song competition organized by Penang Radio. Seven years after his acting career started, P. Ramlee directed his first film Penarek Becha. In 1957, P. Ramlee appeared in the first of his Bujang Lapok comedic films, in which he acted along with Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsudin, and which are still popular among modern Malay film watchers. During his career… read more