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How Tits & Sand isn’t as Bad as You Think

I said I’d do it and I did it – and Portent hit me with the title above.
That is workable.
It’s been a while since I last posted on Tits & Sand movies, in the wonderful definition of Maureen O’Hara. In case you missed those posts, we are talking about Technicolor extravaganzas with a generic “Arabian Nights” inspiration, and a fair amount of sand and nubile women in odalisque costume.
The genre ranges from fundamental films like the 1940 wonder The Thief of Baghdad (actually a British production) to backlot B-movies like the Universal Pictures 1965 feature The Sword of Ali Baba, that actually recycles scenes from a 1944 movie.

And there’s a lot of things we could complain about Tits & Sand movies – the trite plots, the general lack of political correctness, the often offensive attitude towards women, the glaringly miscast stars…
And we could take our cue from Maureen O’Hara herself, the fiery redhead often cast as a Persian beauty or an Oriental temptress.

But it’s not as bad as you think. Continue reading