The Veils of Bagdad

The Veils of Bagdad is a 1953 American Technicolor adventure film directed by George Sherman and starring Victor Mature and Mari Blanchard.[1][2]

The Veils of Bagdad
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
Screenplay byWilliam R. Cox
Story byWilliam R. Cox
StarringVictor Mature
Mari Blanchard
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byPaul Weatherwax
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 7, 1953 (1953-10-07)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States


In 1560, Antar is sent by Selima, head of the Ottoman Empire, to prevent Pasha Hammam from attempting to overthrow the emperor.

Selima blames Hammam and his assassin Kasseim for the death of her father.

Kasseim's wife, Rosanna, falls in love with Antar, but he wants Selima for himself.



The film was originally known as Prince of Bagdad and was based on an original story. In July 1952 Universal announced Victor Mature would star and Maureen O'Hara was his "likely" co-star.[3][4] Victor Mature was borrowed from 20th Century Fox.[5] He made it after completing The Glory Brigade and before The Robe - however release was held up until after The Robe had been released.

In October, George Sherman was assigned to direct.[6]

Eventually Maureen O'Hara asked to be relieved of the assignment and her role was taken by Universal contract player Mari Blanchard.[7]

James Arness was borrowed from Wayne-Fellows.[8] The film also featured a young Stuart Whitman, who had just signed a long term contract with Universal.[9]


  1. The Veils of Bagdad at TCMDB
  2. VEILS OF BAGDAD, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 20, Iss. 228, (Jan 1, 1953): 179.
  3. Drama: Busy Victor Mature Named Bagadad Prince Los Angeles Times 15 July 1952: A6.
  4. METRO BARS LANZA FROM RADIO SHOWS: Studio Advises N. B. C. Tenor May Not Do Program Because of Contract Difficulties By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 22 Aug 1952: 12
  5. STUDIOS PLANNING 2 ALAN LADD FILMS: Warwick and Columbia to Join in Offering 'The Red Beret' and 'The White South' Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES15 July 1952: 17.
  6. MOVIELAND BRIEFS Los Angeles Times 15 Oct 1952: B8.
  7. NIVEN BUSCH GETS $40,000 FOR SCRIPT: Bernhard Buys 'Moonlighter' by Author Who Recently Completed New Novel By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES 20 Oct 1952: 18.
  8. Italy Focus for 'Nina,' With Pier Angeli; Also for Paramount Tie-up Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 1 Nov 1952: 13
  9. Scoutmaster Duty Now Likely for Webb; Lauren Bacall to Bait Tycoons Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 13 Dec 1952: 11
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