The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954) Script

When is the auction?

These girls will be sold in Meshed.

They go today in Osman Agas caravan.

Dye and trim the beard.

As you say.

Is this your caravan that just arrived from Meshed?

-Mm-hmm. -Tell me, is there talk about the marriage of our Princess Fawzia with your prince?

There are always fools who believe that happiness will follow when the prince marries.

So there is much talk.

There is much talk that such a marriage would help trade.

| always say I like Baghdad for a visit, but not to live there.

I love to go there to eat and for the entertainment and the fakirs.

Whats this I hear, Kerbelai? ls Hajji leaving us?

Alas, great day to our great Chief Executioner.

This is the very day.

Tis not enough for a son to follow in his fathers footsteps.

Oh, he can put a man to sleep or keep a man awake a week, all with those skillful ?ngers.

Why are you not satis?ed to be like your father, Hajji?

Youre a good barber.

True.

But why, I ask myself, must I remain a barber?

Take the Shahs chief favorite, Ismael Beg the golden, is he more handsome or better spoken than I?

But he is the favorite.

Well, and, uh, the famous lord treasurer who ?lled the kings coffers with gold, he does not forget his own.

What was he, the son of a grocer?

Eats and drinks what he likes. He puts on a new coat every day.

And after the shah, he has his choice of all the beauties of Persia.

Surely, one as handsome as you has no trouble with the beauties. l have no trouble with, l have trouble getting to.

Ill put money on Hajji, hell make his way.

One hundred dinars that in six months Hajji is still a barber.

Make it 500, and Ill take it.

Hajjis the kind of young man who gets ahead in our country.

Done. Five hundred dinars.

-Thank you, noble merchant. -Succeed, and Ill thank you.

Since you leave today, Hajji, youre welcome to a place in my caravan.

The greatest caravan to leave lspahan.

You had better be well-armed, Osman Aga.

This is a risky time.

Fortunately, we did not encounter the ?erce tribes, but my Uncle Aziz was not so lucky.

Two days before me, he was attacked at the Great Pass at Meshed.

Oh, for a merchant, theres always risk.

Remember, Hajji, theres safety in numbers.

I prefer to travel alone.

As you wish.

Tell me, Hajji, youre a Baba, you hear everything.

Who do you think the Princess Fawzia will marry?

Neither.

But with a temper like hers, she must be already married to the devil.

I must warn you, Hajji.

You should not speak thus of our princess.

If my noble master, the Chief Executioner, were to hear you, he would have you ?ayed alive.

What have I said, that she is mean and cruel?

Id rather receive a kick from her than a kiss from most!

Nay, laugh not.

I may carry the instruments of a barber, but I have the desires of a prince.

Haj/l, Haj/I, Haj/I;

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J Haj/I; Haj/I; Hajji Haj/I; Hajji Baba J J Hajji Baba J J Haj/i Baba, Hajji Baba, Haj/i Baba J J He was always in /0 me I J In love, in love I

J Come to my tent J J Oh, my beloved J J Bring me your lips J J Warm as the sun J J Hear my lament J J on, my beloved J J Come to my arms J J on, wonderful one J

J Deep in each soul J J Careful/y hidden J J Theres a desire J J To be indiscreet J J Haj/i has said J J When love is forbidden J J Love is so sweet J J Love is so sweet J J Haj/I} Haj/I} Haj/I} Hajji J J Hajji Baba, Hajji Baba J J Hajji Baba, Hajji Baba Hajji Baba J J He was always in lo ve J J in love, in love J J Come to my arms J J Oh, my beloved J J Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji J J Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji J The Caliph will be here shortly.

If we do not wake her, she will be in a terrible temper.

-I dont want to be the one to wake her. -But who will wake her?

Meriam, you do it.

No, I recall the last time | awakened her. You do it.

And be slapped for my pains? No, let Shireen.

Very well. Who will wake me and why?

Is it you?

Is it you?

And why not you?

Is it so dif?cult to decide?

Very well, then. I will decide for you.

You will wake me.

And now that I am awake, for what have I been awakened?

Speak.

Your father, the Caliph, will be here much earlier than you expected.

-When? -In a few minutes.

-Rose of roses. -Princess of princesses.

Is my bath ready, or do l have to choose someone to do that?

Who is to bathe me and who is to dress me?

Am I a lobster that you should boil me alive?

Cool it!

Cool it!

Where is my perfume?

Is it dead ?sh?

Smell it yourself!

Was ever a princess so cursed?

The coffee is cold, and the bath is too hot.

Meriam, are you going to torment me too?

Princess, the bath is cooler now.

Now it is too cold.

Hurry, hurry.

My father will be here, and I will not be ready.

Again you have scratched me.

Oh. Oh, my emerald. | wish to wear it.

The Caliph, he is approaching.

Then go quickly, all of you. Go. Out! Go, go!

May I deserve my fathers visit by my actions?

It is my hope that your slumber was deep and your dreams pleasant.

How can I sleep, knowing for the ?rst time in my life I do not wish to obey?

Youve been a loving and a faithful daughter.

For that reason, Ive always given you everything youve wanted.

But now I must refuse, only because I am fearful for your happiness.

But you were fearful when I begged for the white stallion.

You said he was dangerous.

Then I rode him as I said I would and you admitted you were wrong.

That is true.

It is also true that the horse could only break your bones.

Prince Nur-EI-Din will break your spirit.

See the ring he has sent me... and read the letters he has written.

His words have no less ?re. He desires me for his wife.

Think of all the wives hes had and how hes treated them.

No one can hold him.

I am the one who can.

Do you remember the Princess Mirza?

She was as beautiful as you and as wise.

And she was gentle as a dove.

Perhaps he doesnt need a dove, but a falcon.

You may be the falcon, but he will be the master.

But, Father, Nur-EI-Din will make me happy.

I know he will.

In all the East, there is no one as handsome as he.

Theres no greater warrior, nor one who rides as well or hunts as hard.

-Or is as heartless. -But I will ?nd his heart for him.

-You are a child. -You are too old-fashioned.

Would you take for a husband a man who sends your father a letter which says, Give her to me, or I will take her?

But that only shows how eager he is.

He means no disrespect.

You cannot cajole me.

I say this man is not for you. Hes evil.

And I say he has the heart of a true prince.

He desires me for his wife.

Ive sent messengers to Achmed Khan at Basra, to tell him that Im sending you tomorrow to be his bride.

Achmed Khan. Never.

Hes young and serious, and hes never been married.

Hes promised me he would build a mosque in your honor even more beautiful than the Taj Mahal.

A mosque.

Cold marble cannot make my blood stir but Nur-EI-Din can and does.

I fear for you. You are so innocent.

Whose fault is that?

Here I am 17 and unmarried.

My sisters and cousins were married at 14.

I have wasted three years, and I will waste no more.

I will reason with you no further. Now I command you.

I am the Caliph and your father. Make yourself ready for the journey.

Tomorrow I send you to Basra to my friend and ally Achmed Khan.

And I will send you under guard and in bonds if need be.

-If I were a man, I would escape. -Perhaps theres a way.

I have a message from Nur-EI-Din.

You have?

I am as nothing in his eyes, only a pathway down which his voice may travel to your ears.

Speak.

Do you know the avenue of Aberan that is left unguarded?

Only one parasang from the outside of the city, there is a well and some trees.

At that place, a horseman awaits, a beardless youth.

-And for clothing? -Not yet.

I received the message only this morning.

Make haste and I will make ready.

J Haj/i Baba, Hajji Baba, Haj/i Baba J J Hes beg/nn/ng to live J J To live, to live J J There was a man Named Haj/i Baba J J He of the great heart, soul, and an J J Although he wore the robes Of a barber J J He was a man with fire In his heart J J But as it goes J J The legend uncovers J J He never knew of the thrill J J Ofa kiss J J Nor the joy and the rapture 0f lo vers J

Traveler, stop!

I beg you. Help one who thirsts.

-Perhaps you set a trap. -Nay, nay.

I am the rug merchant, Akim of lspahan.

By Allah, you speak the truth.

What has happened to you? Where is your caravan?

Captured on the Great Pass.

On the short route from Meshed, we were set upon by the Turcoman women.

I ?nd this dif?cult to believe, my friend.

I hear these escaped harem girls are creatures of delicate beauty.

Do not be misled, young man.

Theyre beautiful, yes... and dressed enchantingly.

But they are sirens, cold.

Their hearts are ?lled with hatred.

They rode up out of the hills like-- like demons and rode us down.

Those of us who were not killed in the ?ghting were hung up for vultures.

I was... I was left for dead... with this sash knotted around my neck.

Your words only sharpen my interest.

Such women must be very exciting.


I merely wish to emphasize a warning, young man.

Travel wide of the Great Pass.

You neednt choke me to make your point.

Can I give you a ride back to Ispahan?

No, no. Its but a short walk.

Youve been kind enough.

Then farewell.

May good fortune ride with you.

And good fortune to you.

J Haj/i Baba, Hajji Baba, Haj/i Baba J J Hes beginning to live J J To live, to live J J There was a man Named Haj/i Baba J J He of the great heart, soul, and an J J Although he wore the robes Of a barber J J He was a man with fire In his heart J J But as it goes J J The legend uncovers J J He never knew of the thrill J J Ofa kiss J J Nor the joy and the rapture 0f lo vers J J Nothing l/ke this J J Nothing l/ke this J

J Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Baba J

Praise be to Allah.

Praise be to Allah. I am your servant.

-You intend to stay here? -I may or may not.

At the moment you can see I am watering my horse.

Filling my gourds.

Leave I pray you.

For at this place I am about to receive a treasure of such beauty.

That it is not for ordinary eyes.

What you say intrigues me greatly.

And now I will not leave for ten times ten sheikh cadies such as you.

But for ten times ten golden dinars, I might be persuaded to go.

By Allah, I shall slay you!

In here. Bring him in here.

Are you certain the guards were bribed?

Yes, all is in readiness.

Once you get into the courtyard, you can walk out with the others.

I know, I know.

Halt!

Let me through. I am the courier.

-What courier? -You know what courier.

Let me by.

I know nothing.

I must hurry. What is it you want?

I thirst for adventure as some do for wine.

Especially if it is pro?table.

Ten dinars. This should teach you a lesson.

The seal of NurEI-Din.

Maybe I should slay you.

If Nur-EI-Din is in this adventure, it may be dangerous rather than pro?table.

Stop! Please, stop!

Youve misled us once, evil one. And now speak the truth.

Where is the princess?

Stop! Stop it. I will tell you.

J Hajji Baba, Hajji Baba J J Hajji Baba, Hajji Baba Hajji Baba J J He keeps laughing at lo ve J J At/ove, at love J

J Always the dream J J 0f jewels and riches J J Seem to ens/a ve J Have you seen a warrior pass by this place?

I am the one you expect. I am here to fetch the treasure.

How clever of Nur-EI-Din to send a warrior disguised as a barber.

How is he?

Everyone knows how he is.

What is the treasure you expect?

That, you must reveal. Prove you are the one I am to meet.

How beautiful. There is a treasure.


By Allah, you are beautiful.

You are the treasure.

-Let me go! -Who are you?

The Caliph will let you know who I am.

You must be the Princess Fawzia.

My fathers guards.

Help me. I must get to Nur-EI-Din in Meshed.

-What will you do for me. -I will give you the emerald.

The emerald and 100 dinars.

Anything you wish. Only hurry.


Wave.

I must rest.

If we stop, we may ?nd ourselves in the hands of the Chief Executioner.

I cant help it. I am hot and tired.

Well stop when its safe.

My throat is parched.

-It wont be long. -I must drink.

Complaints ?ow from you like water from the springs of AI Baqir.

But I am a princess, and my skin is soft.

I am not used to such hard ways.

Youre no princess as long as were on this desert.

Well, I am stopping.

Very well. You can stop, but Im going on.

You know that if your fathers men catch us, theyll take you gently back to lspahan.

Me, theyll leave with my head in one place and my body in another.

I like them stuck together.


J Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Baba J J Hajji Baba J

It should be safe to pause here for a while.

J Hajji Baba J J Hes beginning to live J J To live, to live J J There was a man J J Named Haj/i Baba J At last, I will drink.

Bathe if you will, but drink, no.

Here.

-You smell the leather. -I dont like it.

Then dont drink it.

I would like some water now.

I was wrong.

Its the best water Ive ever tasted.

J He ne ver knew 0f the thrill of a kiss 1 J Nor the fa y And the rapture of lo vers J J Nothing l/ke this J Ive never been on the desert before.

-Does it frighten you? -Should it?

Its claimed more lives than Nur-El-Din.

You dont like him?

Who does?

Ive never known a barber.

Nor I, a princess.

-Is it strange? -No.

-Is it strange for you? -No.

But I am curious.

Your curiosity is greater than mine.

With luck, well overtake a merchant caravan.

Whoa! By the might of Allah. Stand.

Relax.

We are two weary travelers who wish to join your number for the journey to Meshed.

-Take us to your leader. -Dismount and follow me.


Here.

By Allah, if it isnt my old friend Hajji Baba.

Inshallah, Osman.

And who is this one?

This youth is Shir Ali, my assistant and apprentice to the arts of barbering.

You move rapidly towards success.

This morning you were little more than an apprentice yourself.

Can you give us shelter?

-Find shelter for my friend Hajji Baba. -It shall be done.

You refuse me in the morning only to join me at night.

-How is it you go to Meshed? -| now see a chance for a fortune there.

Ah, perhaps, perhaps not. Everything is in the hands of Allah.

So be it.

Can I count on your mercy for food for myself and Shir Ali?

Most assuredly, but ?rst, you shall give me a massage and then you shall share food and, uh, other pleasures.

Fetch me the copper bowl. FiII it with water, heat it and bring it here.

Fetch it yourself.

Allah has cursed me with an apprentice with the disposition of a mule.

Aye. Can we contend with fate?

If Allah make a camel white, can Osman Aga make it black?

Hey, what is your talent, youth?

Are you skilled in the massage of Astrachan or the trimming of the beard?

He is superb in the massage.

Can he by a slight pressure on certain nerves put me into a full slumber as you can?

He is my apprentice in all things.

Good. Then I shall strip, and your hands shall melt away all aches from my bones.

And later on, you shall take me into the mess--

I will fetch the water, master.

Ah-ah!

Ah...

-Where is the dancer? -I shall send for her.

This is my good friend, Hajji Baba, and his apprentice Shir Ali.

This is the Chaoush Mandan, who has promised us protection from the dreaded Turcomans.

Boy, fetch my pipe. Send in the dancer.

I have a cargo of silks from Constantinople and slave girls from Meshed.

This dancer is a jewel who might please a prince like Nur-EI-Din.

What manner of man is this prince?

NurEI-Din? [chuckles]

Fortunately for me, hes ?ckle.

His desires wax and wane like the moon.

He is to marry the Princess Fawzia.

Is there any slave girl to compare with her?

Yes, there is one. This dancer Ayesha.

She is beyond compare.

She is more to be desired than ten princesses.

-But I hear that Princess Fawzia-- -And as beautiful.

Ah, yes, Ive heard so too.

But as you, yourself, said this morning, shes cruel and sel?sh.

And I have it from one of her handmaidens that shes not even beautiful.

Her mouth is large, she has no salt in her complexion.

Shes crooked.

As for her waist, it is that like of an elephant.

And her feet, a camel has smaller.

-That is a lie! -Have you seen the princess, oh, youth?

-I... -He is at an age where all princesses are beautiful.

May I retire, oh, master?

No, boy. Come sit by me and watch the dancer.

It is as Ha?z has said.

Every moment of pleasure that one enjoys, a count has gained.

Ah, the musicians.


What do you think of her?

-She is magni?cent.

-What do you think? -I have seen better.


Why do you not join the others?

Fatigue lies heavy upon me.

You did not enjoy the dance.

At least I learned what manner of woman a barber ?nds beautiful.

She is beautiful. And I venture your Nur-EI-Din will ?nd it so.

Never! Her skin is coarse like pumice, her legs are too thick, her waist would take a bridge to span it.

Some say that of the Princess Fawzia.

Barber, you are fortunate that we are not in Ispahan, -or I would have you-- -Have me ?ogged?

That is your answer to all but ?attery.

You wish to silence everyone by threats.

Is that what it is to be a princess?

Go. I am weary.

Move over.

You cannot stay with me!

Then leave. This is my tent.

You will not take advantage of me.

I have the courage to kill you and myself if need be.

When I think of a woman, I think of Ayesha.

You are safe with me.

Ive had a hard day, and I need no blows to put me to sleep.

Disrobe, if you will.

I shall count a hundred stars.


-Wheres the princess? -Shes safe.

-Bring her to me. -No.

Im taking her to Nur-EI-Din. She is my charge, and I do not need you.

Nor |.


-Do not be alarmed.

I wish merely to speak to you.

-Where is your master? -Hell be back.

I will make a bargain with you.

I know that you are not Shir Ali, neither am I Chaoush.

Who are you?

An honorable spy in the service of your father, the Caliph.

And you are the Princess Fawzia.

Hajji!

Hajji? Hajji?

Hajji!

Hajji!

Hajji!


If it had not been for your courage, I would be back in lspahan this day.

Youre precious to me, worth an emerald ring and a hundred golden dinars.

That is why you risked your life?

Well, what else?

The emerald alone is worth 20,000 tomans.

With that, I can buy everything.

Horses, houses, slaves and love.

There is some love you cannot buy.

Only in legends.

Perhaps you are right.

Perhaps legends are for barbers and love for princesses.

You will get Nur-El-Din, and I will get the emerald.

We shall see who has the better bargain.


Now, Barber, I have found you, I have caught you, and I will kill you.

No. Iwill speak to my father on your behalf.

You will not see your father, Princess.

My orders are to take you straight to Basra.

No.

Prince Achmed Khan rides from Basra to meet us.

I must see my father.

There is need for great haste.

We will take the short way through the great mountain pass.


I know you are tired, Princess, but we must continue.

We must get over this pass before nightfall.

Do what you wish. Your plans are not mine.

Guards, alert!

This road is watched by Turcoman women!


Get them, get them!

Turcomans! [yells]


The Banah returns!


Come on, come on, come on!

Move along, move along!

Sell him in Bokara.

And bring in the next.

This is the leader of the caravan, Great Banah.

Allah is with us.

III capture the Caliphs guard, and you take the caravan.

Leave me at least one diamond.

These rings are all l have left in the world, and Im an old man.

Sell him in Bokara.

Who is next?

Can you ride and use a knife?

| conquer men in other ways.

Well said. To women of courage, we give a choice.

Stay with us, or we will sell you in Bokara to the highest bidder.

I wish to be sold in Meshed to Nur-El-Din.

Then you are not for us.

You will be sold in Bokara.

Take her!

Who is the next one?

I offer this emerald as my ransom.

That is my emerald!

Leave him.

Why is it in his possession?

He is my apprentice. It is in safekeeping.

-What say you? -The emerald is mine.

What do you offer for your life?

This ring and my skill.

Let me see the ring.

This is Nur-EI-Dins ring. Are you his man?

No, I stole the ring.

My name is Hajji. Im from lspahan.

I have the skills of a barber. I bleed, pull teeth, set limbs.

You have need of me. I can heal you.

I do have need for you.

And my apprentice, Shir Ali?

If you heal me, I will spare you both.

If not...

Perhaps it is because I am weak from my wound.

But I wish, if only for a few minutes, to be a woman.

What is there to stop you?

Who are you?

I was forced into the harem of Nur-EI-Din.

But as you have seen, I am not meant to be any mans slave.

The moon is not more beautiful than you.

In a con?ict of wills, man has force on his side.

Nur-EI-Din taught me pain.

I hate him.

You escaped?

Yes, with two other girls.

Our fame spread, and now whenever any woman escapes slavery, she comes to us.

And are you happier now?

I prefer to choose rather than be chosen.

Is it possible I am the ?rst one you have chosen?

Would that it were so?

Where are the others?

In my harem.

And where is that?

They rot in the sun... once their ardor cools.

Mine will increase with each passing day.

What is the meaning of this?

Look for yourself.

Who is she?

The Princess Fawzia of lspahan.

The Caliphs daughter?

And what is she doing here? l was taking her to her betrothed, Prince NurEI-Din.

You can forget that you were in my arms ?ve minutes ago.

For it will not save you if you lie to me.

As Allah as my witness, it is the truth.

I promise to take her to Nur-El-Din in return for that emerald you wear.

And she means not else to you?

It is a matter of trade.

Like transporting sheepskins.

You should ask me what he means to me.

He is a servant that I bought as I would buy any other.

Spoken like a princess.

But that does not prove that you are one.

Do any of you know the Princess Fawzia?

I do!

I was her handmaiden.

-Fabria! -Yes, I am Fabria.

And she is the Princess Fawzia.

She is in your keeping.

I will show her how well I learned my lessons.

Whatever she does to you, will be better than you could expect from Nur-EI-Din.

You, Iwill spare for your gentle hands.

But I warn you, if you communicate with her in any way, both of you will die.

Great Banah.

We have prepared to take the slaves to Bokara.

We wait for your command.

Go!

Mercy, please.

Ill show you mercy the same as you showed me.


Hajji.

Drink.

I was frightened.

I thought you wanted only the emerald.

The emerald?

-||| be back. -No.

J Always the dream J J 0f jewels and riches J J Seem to ens/a ve J J His adventurous soul J J Laughing at l0 ve J J Be a tame man of wishes J J Every mans goal J J Every mans goal J J Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Baba J

-J Haj/i Baba J J Haj/i Baba, Hajji Baba, Haj/i Baba J


Where were you?

Quickly.

Seize them and tie them up!

Since you are lovers, Ive arranged for you to watch each other die.

We were attacked by Nur-EI-Dins men.

He took the slaves from us.

And all women?

I am the only survivor.

We will avenge this loss.

We attack at once.

How long will it be?

Soon it will not matter.

-Hajji?? -Yes.

I regret my ill-temper and sel?shness.

Have you no regrets?

Only one.

That I ?nd myself tied to this pole.

You regret having tried to bring me to Nur-EI-Din?

No.

But I do.

Since I know I will not live, I must speak the truth.

I do not wish to marry Nur-EI-Din.

For in these past days and nights, I have learned something.

Ive learned that Ive been mean and cruel.

That I love you.

I have learned the same for myself.

Do you love me more than an emerald?

More than 10,000 emeralds.

It is easy to say now.

For you will never see an emerald again.

I would not now give you to Nur-EI-Din or any other man alive.

If Nur-EI-Din would have even looked at you, I would gouge out his eyes.

If his hand touched you, I would break it.

By the beard of Allah, I swear it.

Hajji.


Great Prince.

We have defeated the Turcoman women.

And here is their leader.

My old love, the Banah.

I would think you would have died rather than be delivered to me.

Knee! and beg my forgiveness.

Musa.

Put her in chains with her followers.

Wait.

Where did you get this ring?

I will tear the words out of you.

I can answer that, Great Prince.

I know from whence the ring comes.

Release her.

It belongs to the Princess Fawzia, who was a captive in the Turcoman camp.

Princess Fawzia?

Captain!

Take your ?eetest horses.

Ride to the Turcoman camp and bring back the princess.

Five hundred dinars to the man who delivers her safely.

Hurry!

Praise to Allah, they live!

Quickly!


Fair cousin, you must think ill of me as a ruler.

I beg your forgiveness that I have been unable to protect you from such shameful treatment.

I am grateful, Prince, to you and your men for my life.

May | secure you from all danger in the future?

First there is something you must hear.

Hajji will tell you.

Hajji, tell the prince.

Tell him what happened.

Great Prince, here is the scoundrel who tried to steal the maiden Morgiana from your harem.

I want him here in front of me.

The law is clear.

And mine is the hand of justice.

All right, now. I want you to tell me what happened.

Well, uh, we were latched to a pole, Great Prince.

We could not move.

And I was bemoaning the fact that after many dangers have been overcome, it looked as if I might not be able to deliver the princess to you as Id hoped.

I made every effort to bring her to you safe and sound.

And now...

Now I claim my reward.

The brave lion has become a lamb.

It is not enough.

He speaks the truth.

I promised him the emerald you wear.

Give it to him.

A bargain is a bargain.

He shall have the emerald.

You are a true prince.

And I love you.

Leave him a horse.

A bargain is a bargain.

You promised him an emerald, not a horse.

Hyah!

J Seem to ens/a ve J J His adventurous soul J J Laughing at l0 ve J J Be a tame man of wishes J J Every mans goal J J Every mans goal J J Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Hajji Baba J

-J Haj/i Baba J Go back. Bring me the emerald.

Inform my friend, the Caliph of lspahan, that he is welcomed in my camp.

My city will be as his and his city as mine, once the princess and I are wed.


-Why are their heads shaven?? -[woman 2] Whats happened?

By the beard of Allah.


Two of our men dead.

But the horrible thing is their heads are clean-shaven.

As if by a barber!


Hajji!

Osman Aga!

So you escaped too.

No, only with my skin.

How like a prince you look.

To think you were only a barber a few short weeks ago.

Now youre rich, handsome, a successful merchant with everything your heart desires.

Not everything, Osman.

Oh, thats how it is, my son.

One hopes for 20,000 dinars, then one ?nds its not suf?cient.

One needs 40,000.

Fortunately for you, I am here.

Ill give you a chance to double your money... nay, triple it... in the shortest possible time.

I leave immediately with a great caravan of goods to be sold at Nur-EI-Dins wedding.

As you know, he marries the Princess Fawzia a few days hence.

I will not go.

Oh, I do not ask to take you, but your money.

No.

Money has not brought me happiness.

Twice the money will not make me happier. Nor thrice.

But what ails you, Hajji?

I am in love.

Oh, then buy her!

Whatever the cost, its worth it.

No, she is not for sale.

Only a young man speaks thus.

It is the Princess Fawzia.

The moneys gone to your head.

The Princess Fawzia?

And once I believed she loved me.

Then take her!

From NurEI-Din?

Why not?

Hes a prince!

A great and powerful prince.

I... I am a barber.

Oh, I despair for you.

Without courage, one can be neither merchant nor prince.

Hajji Baba.

I am Hajji Baba.

Come with us.

J Hajji Baba, Hajji Baba J J Hajji Baba, Hajji Baba J J Haj/i Baba .1 J He was always in lo ve J J in love, in love J

J Come to my tent J J Oh, my beloved J J Bring me your l/ps J J Warm as the sun J J Hear my lament J J Oh, my beloved J J Come to my arms J J 0h, wonderful one J

J Enter my heart J J And stay there forever J J Lost in the spell J J 01 stars up above J J And well be like J J The man Haj/i Baba J

I wish to see the prince.

Tell him I am here.

No one can enter, Princess. He cannot be disturbed.

Perhaps it is this dancing girl you should marry.

Let the Princess Fawzia enter.

Go.


Yourjealousy ?atters me.

It is not jealousy.

You are wrong.

Now, at last, I know you are no the husband for me.

Arrange for an escort to take me to lspahan.

Beloved, my heart is set on this marriage.

It is the key to my future.

A bitter future.

You would be hated, not loved.

I do not need love if I have possession.

I have ways to persuade you to do my bidding.

-Could you be forced into submission? -No.

Neither can I.

Youre wasting your time.

We are a race of kings, and we do not surrender easily.

I will make this arrangement with you.

Do as | ask, and once I have accomplished my purpose, I will give you your freedom.

What purpose is that?

I intend to possess all Persia.

My armies have gone as far as south as Kan/van, and as far north as Samarcand. lspahan lies across the trade route, from Basra to Baghdad and Tehran. lspahan, I must and shall have.

You say must.

I say never!

Come with me.


This amber-colored liquid-- so warm, so full of ?re.

Would you believe that in an instant it could chill the marrow of your bones?

Turn your blood to ice so rapid, that you need but taste it?

And yet, it is merciful.

Like this one.

Color of an emerald.

The emerald I gave to you, which you, in turn, gave to another.

This works slowly. Twenty, 30 hours.

It looks cool, like the ocean at its deepest point.

And would you believe it sets every nerve on ?re that one cannot breathe?

That one does not know whether the agony in the hands is worse than the feet?

Or the chest worse than in the vital organs?

Horrible.

So it is.

And I dread its use.

But two slight months ago, I gave it to my friend Amir Kalim.

He broke his word, and it broke my heart to watch his agony.

I think you will be the most beautiful bride Persia has ever seen.

You are Hajji Baba?

I am, Great Caliph.

You are the one who took my daughter against my will and transported her to Nur-EI-Din.

No one transports your daughter, Highness.

I accompanied her.

In the four days and four nights I was with her, I found her dif?cult, spoiled, ill-tempered, and mean.

You love her.

Love her?

One might as well love a storm on the desert.

Or an angry camel, or the bite of a spear.

Girl, tell Hajji Baba what you told me.

The princess implores the Caliph, her father, not to come to the wedding.

She says it is enough that she is in danger.

The princess says that Nur-El-Din will kill the Caliph if he comes.

She begs her fathers forgiveness for disobeying him and for not heeding his warnings.

She asks him to ?nd Hajji Baba and thank him for what he tried to do.

My armies could never defeat Nur-El-Dins in the desert.

Besides, I must keep them here to defend lspahan.

But, Hajji, sometimes one man...

What could I do?

What could a barber do against a powerful prince?

Do you love my daughter?

Love her?

I am a barbers son.

Muhammad himself was not born a prince.

And it was he who said the greatest power in the world is love.

Nur-EI-Dins strength can crumble and fade away, but the power of love survives.

I say to you, if you love my daughter, you have that power.

Win her.

Spices from Samarcand.

Shawls from Cashmere.

Silks from Bokara.

Filigree from Damascus.

Fine mosaics.

Oh, patience. Patience, my doves.

Wait. Turek!

Take those into the tent.

This is your caravan, merchant?

It is. I have gifts for the prince and princess.

And also many fabulous jewels.

Will you please inform your master, Nur-EI-Din, prince of princes, that I would show him my most precious gems.

What is your name?

My name is known throughout all Persia.

I am the great merchant Osman Aga of lspahan.

And you?

Who is he?

This is a holy man.

He is taken the vow of silence and of darkness.

Thats why he neither speaks nor uncovers.

Praise be to Allah.

Turek, make all ready within the tent.

Uh-uh. Wait, wait, wait.

First, you must see what I have here.

Oh!

Ointments and salves.

The ?nest in all Persia.

Silks, perfumes, and jewels.

More beautiful than any I ever saw.

Where did the caravan come from?

-Baghdad? -[woman 2] No, from lspahan.

Its the caravan of the great Osman Aga.

I, too, wish to go.

But Im afraid to leave the princess.

Go. Go, all of you.

I will wait.

These salves and ointments are made from secret formulas ages old.

In one of these jars of ointment, there is a precious jewel.

A diamond worth a hundred tomans.

The lucky girl who ?nds the diamond may go into our tent and choose another gift.

And remember, my Iovelies, once again I remind you, the lucky one who ?nds the diamond, goes into the tent to choose another gift.

Look! Look, the diamond.

Ah! Fortunate one.

Turek, take her into the tent.

Dont go! There are more diamonds.

More gifts.

Hajji!

Youve risked your life to see me.

I hoped you would not forget me.

How could I?

Well, then, kiss me.

Sweeter than honey, but I...

I do not come for that.

For what then?

Im on a mission for the great Caliph of lspahan.

To rescue his daughter, the princess. For a rich reward.

If you help me, NurEI-Din will be yours alone.

No!

You know, that except for the Princess Fawzia, you are far most favorite in his eyes.

Help me and he will be yours.

You will rule by his side.

You will have the jewels, the robes, the power that Nur-EI-Din would give the princess.

What is it you would have me do?

Osman Aga has brought with him an offering for the guards.

It is a potent mixture of pomegranate juice and honey.

You will serve it to the guards surrounding the Turcoman women.

No. Im afraid.

I swear to you, it will not hurt the guards.

What is in this liquid?

Ah, beautiful dreams.

You see? It is not deadly.

If you desire a prince, you must have courage.

The rewards you promise are to my liking.

-I will do as you ask. -Good. Then take this to the guards.

I will.

When will they drink it?

At noon.

Please. Please, will you take me to lspahan with you?

Its very important.

Oh, have no fear.

This Turek cannot speak, and therefore can be trusted.

At noon? Good.

Now will you do as I ask?

Will you take me with you when you go to lspahan? Will you hide me?

I might.

I will see that you are richly rewarded.

I have an ancient prejudice against promises.

Here.

This is a measure of what you might expect in lspahan.

To hear is to obey.

But tell me, how does a lad like you, a mere barbers apprentice, ?nd himself with such a pearl?

It... It was a gift.

I did the Princess Fawzia a service.

And how is the princess?

Is she happy over her marriage to Nur-El-Din?

How can she be happy when she loves another?

She does? And who may that be?

His name is Hajji Baba.

Hajji Baba?

I had no idea that your master Hajji even knew the princess.

The last time I saw him in lspahan, he was surrounded by beautiful slave girls.

I hear hes even thinking of buying a charming girl for a wife.

No!

-Oh, it cannot matter to you. -Of course not!

As for myself, he treated me ill.

I was speaking before on behalf of the princess.

How is it that the Princess Fawzia loves a barber?

Because she is a fool!

Ah! It is not wise to speak thus of Nur-El-Dins bride.

Turek, take this lad into our tent and show him our wares.

And hide him there.

Thank you, noble merchant.

Ah, praise be to Allah.

I must go see Prince Nur-EI-Din.

For noon is not far distant.

Tell me, lad, what matter of jewel does the princess like?

Emeralds.

Ah, she has excellent taste.

Except in barbers.

Where do I hide, Turek?

Hajji!

Osman Aga lies.

For me, there are no women but you.

Oh, Hajji, Im so happy.

But how is it youre here?

Youre in danger.

I said on the rocks that you are more precious to me than any emerald.

Now I shall prove it.

No. Prove nothing.

Only stay alive.

I intend to.

Our plan is simple.

Osman Aga will keep Nur-EI-Din occupied until noon.

Then the Turcoman women will be released, and we shall escape.

I have no need of pearls.

Prince of princes, master of all Persia, your northern armies are poised for the attack on Basra.

Your ally Alabel Shahzad sends this message.

-We are ready. -Great Prince, in the event your present plans fail, we are ready to march on lspahan. So be it.

And now, great merchant of lspahan, what else have you to show me?

I have here a gift worthy only of your queen.

This necklace once belonged to the queen of Sheba herself.

Hmm?

What is the price of this necklace?

It is impossibly expensive, noble prince.

It is worth 100,000 tomans.

Very well.

I will pay you when I reach lspahan.

And I will remember you gratefully.

Your esteem is worth more than great riches, noble prince.

But if you could pay something, on account--

These are truly wondrous gems.

Never have I seen such well-matched stones.

The princess will be enchanted.

But, noble prince, this is but one of the beauties I have to show you.

There are rubies which are like stars.

Fantastic combinations of precious gems that have not been seen before.

-I will see them another time. -But, noble prince, I beg of you.

Be pleased to let me show them to you now.

Let me show you some of my other treasures.

Even better calculated to please a princess taste.

Wait here.

Hurry! You must ?nd the guards at once.

Its almost noon.

Do as I say! Go. Go quickly.

And more for you?

Praise be to...

Praise be to whom?

This is a gift from the caravan of Osman Aga.

Then praise be to the generous merchant Osman Aga.

Cool and refreshing, is it not?

Happiness...

Happiness and long life to our great prince.

May Allah bless the marriage of our prince to the Princess Fawzia, and may their children be many, and may Persia rejoice in their rule.

Wake up!

Rise!

Rise. Get up.

Rise!

Get up.

Abdulah, make haste.

Make haste!

Come on.


-Where is the princess? -I know not!

Musa! Guards!

-Find the princess. Bring her here. -Yes, Great Prince.

Where is Musa?

My sword. Be quick.


Hajji!


You have cheated us, Hajji Baba, of the privilege of taking him alive.

Unfortunately, your troubles are not over.

His men will now attack your city.

Ill see the princess safely back and warn the Caliphs guard.

Well ?ght them off.

Allah be with you.


A great day for them and for me.

The barber has his princess, and I shall have their trade.

Theirjoys will be short, but yours may be many.

That reminds me of our wager.

Is Hajji a success or isnt he?

A success?

He has married the princess.

He is worth more than all the merchants of lspahan together.

Do you call that success?

Of course! What do you call it?

Good fortune.

An accident.

Luck, thats all.

Ah, Hajjis luck is your misfortune.

Pay me!

Aye! [laughing]

Five hundred dinars!

Hey!


Hajji.

Good people.

We thank you for your wonderful affection.

However, the wedding ceremony has tired the princess.

And I must regretfully take my leave.

Allah be with you!

Theyre magni?cent.

Youre the idol of everyone, my love.

I suppose I should make another appearance.

Uh-uh. No.

That wont be necessary.

J Come to my tent J J Oh, my beloved J J Bring me your l/ps J J Warm as the sun J J Hear my lament J Ow!

Whats the matter?

The ring.

J 0h, wonderful one J

J into my heart And stay there fore ver J J Lost in the spell J J 01 stars up above J J Isnt it sweet? J J To face life together J