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Director:
Writers:
Lotta Woods (scenario editor) and
Douglas Fairbanks (story)
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Release Date:
11 April 1924 (Brazil) 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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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
1924's Best and still number one! See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks ... The Thief of Bagdad
Snitz Edwards ... The Thief's 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:
Sam Baker ... Sworder (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)
Laska Winter ... Slave of the Lute (uncredited)

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)
Charles Gemora .... sculptor (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 (uncredited)
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
James C. Bradford .... music compiler: alternative score (1924)
Gaylord Carter .... musician: musical setting (1975)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Nights Fantasy" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
155 min | Spain:139 min (DVD version)
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Trivia:
The production's cost has been commonly cited as $2 million or $2.5 million for decades. Douglas Fairbanks' biographer Jeffrey Vance, who had access to Fairbanks' private and professional papers, revealed for the first time in 2008 that the film actually cost much less: $1,135,654.65. See "Douglas Fairbanks" (UC Press, 2008), page 153.See more »
Goofs:
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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
1924's Best and still number one!, 13 December 2006
Author: JohnHowardReid

I fully agree with the rapturous review by Mordaunt Hall in The New York Times. Hall went on to name the movie as his number two choice for the Ten Best Films of 1924. In this choice, however, he was out of step with the majority of his comrades. 450 American motion picture critics selected The Thief of Bagdad as the year's Best Film!

I have little to add. The only person who has any valid reason to complain is Snitz Edwards. Incorrectly billed in the credits as an "evil associate" (he's nothing of the sort!), Snitz figures mightily in the introductory sequences and the modus operandi of the plot, but then abruptly disappears. The lovely Anna May Wong would also get my vote for more footage, but at least she runs true to form right through the movie.

Some people have complained about "primitive" special effects. Whilst it's true the effects range from the brilliant to the amateurish and even quaint, this is a movie that has an abundance of "heart", a quality that most computer-generated 21st century films signally lack.

As for the stupendous sets by William Cameron Menzies, the superb cinematography by Arthur Edeson (why hasn't someone written a book about Edeson's mind-boggling career? After all, he photographed at least twenty of the current top cult favorites) and the magical acting by the athletic Fairbanks, the scheming Sojin and the entrancing Miss Wong, all not only contribute richly to the film's success, but each actually presents a compelling reason for making this Thief of Bagdad an absolute must-see!

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