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Reviews & Opinion Polls for
Movies with Middle Eastern Themes
or Belly Dance Scenes

 

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Fantasies of the East

Includes tales in the vein of the 1001 Nights, such as Aladdin and Sinbad, with monsters, flying carpets, genies, sorcerors, and more.

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Title Comments
X     Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves The version that stars Samia Gamal and Fernandel. Several excellent dance scenes.
X     Golden Voyage of Sinbad By Ray Harryhausen.
X     Seventh Voyage of Sinbad By Ray Harryhausen.
X     Sheherazade (Les 1001 Nuits) Catherine Zeta-Jones' first film role.
X     Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger By Ray Harryhausen.
   
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Sinbad the Sailor Stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. & Maureen O'Hara.
  X   Son of Sinbad Includes dance scene by Nejla Ates.
X     Thief of Bagdad, The (1924 version) Stars Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
   
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Thief of Bagdad, The (1940 version) Stars Sabu, Conrad Veidt, Rex Harrison

 

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Historical Tales

Biblical epics, Pharaonic settings, desert nomads, historical Bagdad, and historical romance.

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Title Comments
  X   Bagdad Stars Maureen O'Hara.
X     Casbah Stars Yvonne DeCarlo.
  X   Flame of Araby Stars Maureen O'Hara.
X     Harem SuarĂ© Stars Marie Gillain.
X     Kismet (1944 version), sometimes called Oriental Dream Stars Marlene Dietrich.
X     Kismet (1955 version, the one based on the Broadway musical) Stars Howard Keel.
   
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Stars Joan Collins and Jack Hawkins.
X     Princess of the Nile Stars Debra Paget.
X     Salomé Stars Rita Hayworth.
  X   Samson & Delilah Stars Hedy Lamarr & Victor Mature.
X     Sheik, The Stars Rudolph Valentino.
  X   Solomon & Sheba Stars Gina Lollabrigida & Yul Brynner (with hair!).
X     Son of the Sheik, The Stars Rudolph Valentino.

 

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Other Loosely Middle Eastern Themes

Archeologists, travel, the French Foreign Legion, and mummies.

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Title Comments
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Abbott & Costello In the Foreign Legion Stars Abbott & Costello.
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Abbott & Costello Lost in a Harem Stars Abbott & Costello.
X     Beau Hunks

Stars Laurel & Hardy. No dance scenes.

  X   Carry On Follow That Camel Dance scene by Anita Harris.
  X   Harum Scarum Stars Elvis Presley. Belly dancing by Vicki Malkin.
   
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Valley of the Kings Stars Eleanor Parker and Robert Taylor. Oriental dancing by Samia Gamal.
   
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Wee Wee Monsieur Dance scene featuring the Three Stooges dressed as harem women.

 

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Little or No Middle Eastern Connection

Restaurant scenes, spy thrillers, and belly dance scenes in movies that otherwise have no connection to the Middle East.

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Title Comments
  X   Brass Bottle, The Dance scene by Lulu Porter.
  X   Roustabout Stars Elvis Presley. Dance scene by Wilda Taylor.
  X   Salomé, Where She Danced Stars Yvonne DeCarlo.

 

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