Finally got it! Now we can start tearing apart Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. What did I think of it? I thought it was great. It's one of those movies that gets better as it goes along, and features some very stylish scenes. Essentially, the whole movie is a slapstick cartoon, certainly leaner than Puss in Boots and Animal Treasure Island, but no less fun. It's just so laughably zany.
Anyway, I spotted a few riffs. Here is a cut from Ali Baba, near the end. This shot of one character leaving the other dangling on the edge is quoting the same shot from (surprise!) Horus, Prince of the Sun. I have to admit, this one was a real surprise, so it was nice to spot.
The first photo is from Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, and the second is from Horus. But you could figure that out pretty easily, right?
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