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The Magic Gorilla


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An Arabian Nights'Tale by REX TUCKER
Why does the Caliph of Bagdad listen only to the Magic Gorilla? What happened to Ali, the court Tailor? Where does the Vizier get all the money for his clothes? Why does Princess Yasmin pretend to be a slave girl? Find out as Achmet the tailor's son unravels the threads of this cunning plot.


Unknown: Rex Tucker
Designer: Geoffrey Patterson
Producer: Angela Beeching
Director: Roger Singleton-Turner
Haroun al Raschid, Caliph of Bagdad: Maurice Denham
Jafar the Vizier: Vernon Dobtcheff
Achmet: David Warwick
Princess Yasmin, the Caliph's daughter: Mavis Taylor Blake
Ali the tailor: Dallas Cavell
Executioner: Sonny Caldinez

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