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The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.



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Complete credited cast:
Snitz Edwards ...
His Evil Associate
Charles Belcher ...
The Holy Man
Julanne Johnston ...
The Princess
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
The Mongol Prince (as Sojin)
The Mongol Slave
Brandon Hurst ...
The Caliph
Tote Du Crow ...
The Soothsayer
Noble Johnson ...
The Indian Prince


A thief falls in love with the Caliph of Bagdad's daughter. The Caliph will give her hand to the suitor that brings back the rarest treasure after seven moons. The thief sets off on a magical journey while, unbeknownst to him, another suitor, the Prince of the Mongols, is not playing by the rules... Written by Erik Gregersen <>

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23 March 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Nights Fantasy  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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For the early scene where the Thief leaps in and out of the giant clay pots in the marketplace, Douglas Fairbanks had small trampolines placed inside each pot, allowing him to bounce easily from pot to pot. See more »


The bloody mark The Thief leaves on the wall disappears in the next shot. See more »


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New Kino version infinitely superior to previous DVDs
24 April 2004 | by (Mountain Home TN) – See all my reviews

There are very few silent films that I enjoy as much as a modern film. In fact, the only silent film that I would rate as a 10 is Buster Keaton's The General. But Douglas Fairbanks is certainly worth watching, if you have any real interest in film. He has so much charm, and moves so fluidly, that he captivates even when the special effects are, well, very 1920s. Fairbanks does not so much act as he dances the role. The costumes and sets, by William Cameron Menzies, are also spectacular. I have watched this movie in the earlier DVD version, and frankly it put me to sleep. First, a great deal of it was missing, and so the story was choppy and hard to follow. Second, the print quality was poor. But the new Kino Fairbanks collection is a miracle of film restoration. There is one section on this DVD that is poor quality, compared to the others. But since this is a section that I have never seen before, to see it at all is wonderful.

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