Throwing away most of the original story except the oil jars and "Open sesame!", Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a handsome and undemanding Forties' Arabian Nights romp with those famous Persian actors Jon Hall and Maria Montez as Ali Baba - here the son of the murdered Caliph of Baghdad who fell among Fortunio Bonanova's band of Robin Hood-like thieves - and his long lost childhood sweetheart who is now betrothed to the Mongol Khan who has stolen his kingdom. You can pretty much write the plot developments yourself from there, but if originality is in short supply, it's colourful family-friendly hokum that should satisfy the less jaded palate. Like the thieves who sing as they ride (and they're much better riders than singers) it's not too successful at hitting the high notes, settling for pleasantly average, but if you're in the right mood that's just about enough. Andy Devine, effectively playing down his role as comic sidekick, steals the acting honors while Frank Puglia and Kurt Katch provide the villainy and Turhan Bey is the starry-eyed sidekick-wannabe recruited to the outlaw band. You'll probably forget it as soon as it's over and no-one will ever mistake it for another Thief of Baghdad, but for the hour-and-a-half it takes to go through its paces, director Arthur Lubin ensures it does its job efficiently enough. Eureka's extras-free (unless you count an isolated music and effects track) UK BluRay boasts a beautifully detailed transfer, though the colour doesn't seem quite as vivid as Forties Technicolor should be.