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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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Lotta Woods (scenario editor) and
Douglas Fairbanks (story)
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Release Date:
23 March 1924 (USA) See more »
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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)
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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155 min | Spain:139 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Despite its spectacle, it only took 35 days to film.See more »
Continuity: The bloody mark The Thief leaves on the wall disappears in the next shot.See more »
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Featured in Monkey Love (2002)See more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Lots of Fun, 25 June 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With Douglas Fairbanks, an entertaining story, and all sorts of interesting sights, this classic is lots of fun to watch. The settings, costumes, and story put you convincingly into a fantasy world, and Fairbanks gets plenty of help both from these and from Anna May Wong and the rest of the supporting cast in making the characters come to life.

The first half is pleasant, although sometimes rather slow, as it sets up the rest of the story. Fairbanks has a perfect role for him as the good-natured thief who falls in love with a princess and then gets involved in a lot more adventure than he had planned on. His energy and believability, along with the interesting sets, carry the first part of the movie. The second half, when Fairbanks and his rivals are sent off on their quests, is full of adventure and fascinating detail. It's done with plenty of creativity and also many lavish special effects, most of which still work well. The excitement level is built up nicely in leading up to the action-packed finale.

It's a movie that is both enjoyable and skillfully made. It would have to rank among the best adventure/fantasy stories made in the silent film era, and it's still as entertaining as just about anything of the kind being made today.

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