|The Wizard of Baghdad|
|Directed by||George Sherman|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Screenplay by||Jesse Lasky Jr.|
|Based on||story by Samuel Newman|
|Music by||Irving Gertz|
|Cinematography||Ellis W. Carter|
|Edited by||Saul A. Goodkind|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|December 1960 (United States)|
A genie turned mortal after his many failures is sent to Baghdad. As his last chance to prove himself, he must help a prince and princess fulfill a prophecy.
The Wizard of Baghdad was the first film made by Sam Katzman's Clover Productions at 20th Century Fox.He opened offices at Fox in June 1960. (Katzman had spent the past 15 years working almost exclusively for Columbia). The script was written by Jesse Lasy Jr and his wife pat Silver based on an original by Sam Newman Katzman had worked as a set dresser at Fox in the 1920s.
It was the second movie for Dick Shawn, best known as a stage actor. Filming took place in August 1960.
Barry Coe's performance led to Robert Goldstein of Fox signing the actor to a long term contract with the studio. The movie was part of Goldstein's short ternure while head of Fox, other movies being made including North to Alaska, Marriage Go Round, Sanctuary, The Schnook, Circle of Deception, The Mark, The Millionairess, Esther and the King, The Big Gamble Return to Peyton Place and Flaming Star.
The Los Angeles Times said the film "should fill the bill as pre Christmas entertainment for the children" through "the funny lines, the slapstick and the trick photography."
The New York Times said the film "is for customers who will laugh at anything, including that singular unfunny man, Dick Shawn... the waste of energy, costumes and backgrounds is truly appalling."