A poor boy accidentally rubs an old lamp in ancient Baghdad and instantly a nine- foot genie appears and works miracles in this family adventure of the famous tale of Aladdin.
Mario Bava was born in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy. The son of Eugenio Bava, a sculptor who became a pioneer of special effects photography and subsequently one of the great cameramen of Italian silent pictures, Mario Bava’s first ambition was to become a painter. Unable to turn out paintings at a profitable rate, he went into his father’s business, working as an assistant to other Italian cinematographers like Massimo Terzano, while also offering assistance to his father who headed the special effects department at Benito Mussolini’s film factory, the Instituto LUCE.
Bava became a cinematographer in his own right in 1939, shooting two short films with Roberto Rossellini. He made his feature debut in the early 1940s. Bava’s camerawork was an instrumental factor in developing the screen personas of such stars of the period as Gina Lollobrigida, Steve Reeves and Aldo Fabrizi.
Bava co-directed his first genre film in 1958: Le morte viene dallo spazio (The Day the Sky Exploded… read more
Henry Levin (5 June 1909 – 1 May 1980) began as a stage actor and director but was most notable as an American film director of over fifty feature films. He broke into film in 1943 as a dialogue director for the films Dangerous Blondes and Appointment in Berlin for Columbia Pictures. He then was contracted to Columbia Pictures as a director along with several other “potentials” who began as dialogue directors: Fred Sears, William Castle, Mel Ferrer and Robert Gordon.
At the end of his career, he finally did some television work, directing some episodes of Knots Landing in 1979 and his last work, the television movie Scout’s Honor where he died on the last day of production. Despite having been a stage actor, his only screen acting credit was in an episode of the 1974 television series Planet of the Apes. —Wikipedia
This is one of the first movies I've seen. I remember watching it over and over again as a kid, until the VHS tape broke down. At that time I did not care about the names of the actors nor that of the directors, I just avidly watched. So I looked for it everywhere to no avail and there it is on MUBI! Thanks to whoever submitted it.