Tony Curtis Piper Laurie 2 Disk Adventure Set
Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie starred together in four films. This set includes two of their adventure films, of which The Prince Who Was a Thief was the most popular. Apparently the two didn’t get along too well off stage, but you’d never know it in their performances together.
The Prince Who Was a Thief DVD 1951 Tony Curtis Adventure
Stars: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Everett Sloane
Tagline: Exciting as an Arabian Night’s Adventure!
In 13th-century Tangiers, regent Mustapha covets the Caliphate’s throne. Baby Prince Hussein is next in line to the throne but he is too young to rule. An envious and ambitious regent, Mustapha hires a paid assassin to kill the infant king, leaving Mustapha free to rule the Caliphate as he pleases. On the night of the planed murder, the paid assassin, master thief Yussef, enters the chambers of the baby Prince ready to strike his deadly blow. However, Yussef is impressed by the child’s innocent gaze and decides to steal the infant Prince. Yussef lies to Mustapha the baby is dead but in fact the baby is safely in Yussef’s home. Yussef raises the baby as his own and teaches the young boy to be one of the best thieves in Tangiers. Nevertheless, having a deposed prince with many powerful enemies for a son could be dangerous.
The script for The Prince Who Was a Thief is masterful, the direction very smooth, and all the technical aspects unusually satisfying, especially Hans J. Salter’s music. There are some dancing girls seen here, but there are also scenes in the great souk, first-rate comedy, a robbing of the Treasury that is a classic caper, and enjoyably-three-dimensional characters.
Sample Video from The Prince Who Was a Thief
Son of Ali Baba DVD 1952 Tony Curtis Action Adventure
Stars: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Susan Cabot
Tagline: Together Again, In Love Again!
In medieval Persia, Kashma Baba is a military cadet by day and a roisterer by night. The morning after a rowdy banquet, Kiki, an escaped slave, takes shelter under Kashma’s roof. Word comes that the wicked Caliph is looking for her; but Kashma, by this time in love, flees with her to his father’s palace. Alas, there’s more to Kiki than meets the eye. Will the evil schemers succeed? The sons of the Forty Thieves to the rescue!
It is very difficult to dislike this story completely. For all its ridiculousness and predictability, it goes at a breezy pace, with a clear idea at what it was trying to be and appeal to without trying to do more. The characters are likeable and the action-oriented parts, especially towards the end, excite, while the music is rousing. Son of Ali Baba is shot with vibrant color and the setting is exotic. Delivers both amusement and entertainment along with some great actors of the time.
Sample Video from Son of Ali Baba
The movies in this set are reproduced on professional-grade DVD-R discs and come in a 2-disc DVD case. Artwork on the DVD’s and case are exactly as shown in the images.
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