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The Thief of Bagdad -- The Thief of Bagdad is a dazzling Arabian Nights adventure fantasy set in the city of Bagdad and one of the most imaginative of all silent movies. The elaborate and lush backgrounds, the massive sets by William Cameron Menzies who would later design Gone With The Wind, all have an expressionist quality unique for American films of the time.

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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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Awards:
2 wins See more »
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User Reviews:
Fun '20's swashbuckler, starring Douglas Fairbanks! See more (46 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)

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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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:
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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (TV)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Fun '20's swashbuckler, starring Douglas Fairbanks!, 16 July 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This movie is great fun to watch, like you would expect from a genre movie such as this one. It has all the typical adventurous, action and comedy elements present to make this a great swashbuckling movie. Add to that Douglas Fairbanks in good shape and you have a classic unforgettable genre movie!

Douglas Fairbanks is totally great in this one. He looks, acts, breaths, eats like a real superstar. He handles all of the athletic action in the movie really well. It's not hard to see why this man was THE swashbuckling hero of the '20's.

The movie is really great looking, with many grand looking sets. Really great looking stuff! (though obviously all fake.) Something you would normally expect to see in a D.W. Griffith movie. The movie also has some silly looking but yet great early special effects, toward the ending of the movie.

The story has all the ingredients needed for such a genre movie as this one; an heroic main character, a love interest, stereotypical villains and lots of fun and action. Especially toward the ending the movie starts to become greatly adventurous after a sort of slower middle and good first part. It's of course all rather simple and formulaic but this is also what makes the genre so great. You just always know what to expect. It's good simple fun that's professionally and well made, that's also beautiful to look at.

Also definitely fun to see how much of this movie was later used again in Disney's "Aladdin". Some, mostly action sequences, are obviously almost directly copied.

A great fun movie, from swashbuckling-specialist director Raoul Walsh.

9/10

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