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Director:
Writers:
Lotta Woods (scenario editor) and
Douglas Fairbanks (story)
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Release Date:
23 March 1924 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins See more »
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Long before tigers crouched and dragons hid... See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks ... The Thief of Bagdad
Snitz Edwards ... His Evil Associate
Charles Belcher ... The Holy Man
Julanne Johnston ... The Princess
Sôjin Kamiyama ... The Mongol Prince (as Sojin)

Anna May Wong ... The Mongol Slave
Brandon Hurst ... The Caliph
Tote Du Crow ... The Soothsayer
Noble Johnson ... The Indian Prince
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahn ... Small Role (uncredited)
Sam Baker ... Sworder (uncredited)
Winter Blossom ... Slave of the Lute (uncredited)
Mathilde Comont ... Persian Prince (uncredited)
Jesse Fuller ... (uncredited)
Sadakichi Hartmann ... Mongol Prince's Court Magician (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ... Child (uncredited)
Jesse Lasky Jr. ... (uncredited)
Etta Lee ... Slave of the Sand Board (uncredited)
Paul Malvern ... Gigantic Bat (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw ... Eunuch (uncredited)
K. Nambu ... Mongol Prince's Counselor (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Child (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Persian Prince's Awaker (uncredited)
Charles Sylvester ... Eunuch (uncredited)
Jess Weldon ... Eunuch (uncredited)
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Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
Lotta Woods (scenario editor)

Achmed Abdullah  screenwriter (uncredited)
Douglas Fairbanks  (story) (as Elton Thomas)
James T. O'Donohoe  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Douglas Fairbanks .... producer
David Shepard .... producer: video (1975)
 
Original Music by
Mortimer Wilson (1924) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Nolan (film editor)
 
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
William Cameron Menzies 
 
Costume Design by
Mitchell Leisen (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
George Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Theodore Reed .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James T. O'Donohoe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Park French .... associate artist
Harold Grieve .... associate artist
Anton Grot .... associate artist
H.R. Hopps .... associate artist
Edward M. Langley .... associate artist
Irvin J. Martin .... consulting art director
William Utwich .... associate artist
Paul Youngblood .... associate artist
Paul Burns .... property master (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hampton Del Ruth .... mechanical effects
Coy Watson Sr. .... mechanical effects
Coy Watson Sr. .... special effects
 
Stunts
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Stoney .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Holahan .... assistant camera
Kenneth Gordon MacLean .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Warrington .... still photographer (uncredited)
Albert Wayne .... master electrician (uncredited)
Phil Whitman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Burns .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gaylord Carter .... musical setting (1975: wizard of the theater organ for seventy years)
David Cullen .... orchestrator (1984 score)
Carl Davis .... music score (1984)
Carl Davis .... orchestrator (1984 score)
 
Other crew
Robert Fairbanks .... technical director
Arthur Woods .... research
Edward Knoblock .... consultant (uncredited)
Edward Knoblock .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Harold MacChesney .... technical crew (uncredited)
Clinton Newman .... technical crew (uncredited)
Walter Pallman .... technical crew (uncredited)
J.C. Watson .... technical crew (uncredited)
Arthur Woods .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Gaylord Carter .... thanks: to whom this edition is respectfully dedicated (1975)
 

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155 min | Spain:139 min (DVD version)
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Ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy". One of only two silent films chosen for the AFI's "10 Top 10" lists (the top 10 films in 10 genres) in June 2008 (the second being City Lights).See more »
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Continuity: When the guards prevent The Thief, carrying his friend on his head, from entering the gates, they completely disappear in the next shot after the gates are closed.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Long before tigers crouched and dragons hid..., 7 December 2005
Author: Tony43 from Los Angeles

...Douglas Fairbanks brought grace and poetry to physical action on the movie screen. Fairbanks essentially invented the action/adventure movie genre, known in his day as swashbucklers.

"Thief of Bagdad" was made in 1924 when Fairbanks was half way through the heyday of that part of his career. He already had "Zorro" "The Three Musketeers" and "Robin Hood" behind him. "Thief" was something of a departure, however, for it depended less on Fairbanks ability to dance his way though physical stunts than it did on the Arabian Nights tableau it presented on the screen. And frankly, nothing like it has every been done since. Only Griffth's "Intolerance" created the same kind of feel, and it was gritty and warlike, where as "Thief" was a sort of wondrous dream about what it would be like to live by your wits, go off and slay dragons and eventually, win the hand of a princess by saving her father's kingdom.

Fairbanks was over 40 when he made this film and yet seems so perfectly suited for it that we forget his age. He is the embodiment of the dashing hero.

But what almost overshadows him are the sets themselves. Designed by William Cameron Menzies, they are beyond spectacular. Almost every frame of this film is a work of art and of course, the amazing thing is, this was not done through computer animation. So skillful are the designs and the camera-work, that it is almost impossible to tell where the sets stop and the matte paintings begin.

Credit for all this must also go to Fairbanks,who wrote the script and produced the film. Raoul Walsh's direction is also great, although the film is a little long in some spots and would be aided by some skillful editing.

Fairbanks acting style seems today very much of the silent era, yet at the same time, there is always the feel of joyous celebration to it. He was always something of the happy rogue or perhaps, a guy who realized he was getting to make a living by playing in the world's most wonderful sandbox. He was blessed with good fortune and he knew it.

Of the others, Julanne Johnston, who plays the princess, probably comes off the worst of the main characters. She is beautiful,but comes off as little more than window dressing. But kudos to the incredible Anna May Wong who plays the treacherous Mongol slave girl. Wong's great beauty and strong screen presence allow her to steal almost every scene she is in. That Wong never got the chance to play many lead roles is one of the great tragedies of Hollywood history.

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