- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 5, 2011
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Sony Pictures Home
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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Description by OLDIES.com:
In the post-war years, Arabian fantasies were incredibly popular: an opportunity to feature scantily clad beauties in lavish color, with romantic stories and exotic backgrounds. Every studio made a few of these romps, using their most beautiful actors to great advantage and adapting epic plot lines without much gravity. Here, cast as a villainess, Lucille Ball is Narah, the daughter of Ali (Gregory Gay), pretender to the throne and royal assassin. The true heir, played by John Agar, smuggled away on a magic carpet when just a baby, grows up under an assumed name until he is old enough to claim his place alongside his beautiful love, Lida (Patricia Medina).
Hoping to force Lucille Ball into breaking her contract, Columbia Pictures chieftain Harry Cohn assigned her to the low-budget Arabian Nights escapade THE MAGIC CARPET. Much to Cohn's amazement, the plucky Ball agreed to appear in the film, forcing Columbia to pay her salary until her option ran out. Contrary to popular belief, Ball is not the heroine of the film; in fact, she's the villainess, an opportunistic Iraqi princess named Narah. She aligns herself with the usurping Caliph of Bagdad (Gregory Gay) and his chief henchman Boreg (Raymond Burr), while the true caliph Ramoth (John Agar), unaware of his birthright, performs acts of derring-do as "The Scarlet Falcon." Patricia Medina co-stars as Ramoth's impulsive love interest, who proves to be quite a nuisance for everyone involved and is obliged to spend a good portion of the film in chains and ropes. While Lucille Ball is quite attractive in her harem duds, the viewer cannot help but notice that her bare midriff is often obscured by props and furniture; that's because she was pregnant with her daughter Lucie Arnaz during the filming of THE MAGIC CARPET.