steepholm (steepholm) wrote,
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Three Wishes

There's an interesting discussion going on on the child_lit listserv at the moment, about when the idea first emerged of Aladdin's lamp (or the genie therein) being allowed to dispense three wishes only, rather than the unlimited number available in 1001 Nights. The earliest linking of three wishes to a genie currently stands at 1940, with the Sabu film The Thief of Baghdad - though that of course is not about Aladdin.

I wonder whether the answer may lie in panto, but don't know enough about its history to be sure. Anyway, I thought this learned flist might have a few ideas...
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