MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,330 this week

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  25 December 1940 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 8,611 users  
Reviews: 96 user | 68 critic

After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Writers:

(screen play and dialogue), (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro) , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 24 Dec 2010
 
a list of 42 titles
created 26 Sep 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

The Thief of Bagdad (1940) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Thief of Bagdad.

User Polls

Won 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jungle Book (1942)
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen
Elephant Boy (1937)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.

Directors: Robert J. Flaherty, Zoltan Korda
Stars: Sabu, W.E. Holloway, Walter Hudd
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Shirley Temple, Dorothy Dell
Family | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Misadventures of a mischievous boy in 1850 Missouri.

Directors: Norman Taurog, George Cukor, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Tommy Kelly, Ann Gillis, May Robson
Bright Eyes (1934)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards
Family | Fantasy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

John and his class go on a school trip to the Tower of London. While he is there he loses his pet mouse and vows to return and find her later. Back in school, he is not very attentive and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Mark Dightam, Robert Eddison, Helen Weir
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Director: Zdenek Troska
Stars: Monika Absolonová, Yvetta Blanarovicová, Petra Bocková
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Abu
...
Princess
John Justin ...
Ahmad
...
Miles Malleson ...
Sultan
Morton Selten ...
The Old King
Mary Morris ...
Halima / Six-Armed Lady
Bruce Winston ...
The Merchant
Hay Petrie ...
Astrologer
Adelaide Hall ...
Singer
Roy Emerton ...
Jailer
Allan Jeayes ...
The Story Teller
Edit

Storyline

Prince Ahmad is the rightful King of Bagdad but he has been blinded and cast out as a beggar. Now a captive of the wicked Grand Vizier Jaffar he is cast into a dungeon where he meets Abu, the best thief in all Bagdad. Together they escape and set about a series of adventures that involve a Djinni in a bottle, a mechanical flying horse, an all-seeing magic jewel, a flying carpet and a beautiful princess. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

thief | king | flying | princess | prince | See All (168) »

Taglines:

Three brave hearts, adventuring in a wonder world! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le voleur de Bagdad  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Alexander Korda was so demanding that he went through six directors during the production of this film, including his brother Zoltan Korda and leading art director William Cameron Menzies. See more »

Goofs

Abu throws tomatoes at his pursuers as he flees though Baghdad. These would have been unknown on Arabia at this time as they originated in the Americas. See more »

Quotes

Halima: Take my hand.
Ahmad: There is no need. My dog sees for me. He gives me more than he can ever receive - like all dogs.
See more »

Connections

Remade as Die Diebin von Bagdad (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Lullabye
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Zoltan Korda
Sung by Adelaide Hall
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Historical Treasure, And Good Family Entertainment
6 June 2003 | by (Elma, NY) – See all my reviews

The Thief of Bagdad is a treasure. First and foremost, it is a good story. Though my four children's primary exposure to this tale, the most famous of the stories of the Arabian Nights, comes from the Disney Corporation, the Thief of Bagdad held their interest to the end. The story moves along at a good pace and includes a twist or two that reduced predictability. Sabu, who plays the young thief, Abu, also measures up to any of today's teen actors in appeal, judging from the number of times I heard my oldest daughter say, "He's c-u-t-e!"

In 1940, the film won Oscars for cinematography and special effects. Today, of course, those effects seem very dated ("Look, it's Barbie flying through the air," declared my daughter at the sight of the genie flying). Yet they fit into the story well. The film is, after all, over 60 years old. The effects fit with the script. Furthermore, what ones sees in The Thief of Bagdad remained pretty much state-of-the-art for the next twenty-five years. One need only compare the opening montage from a 1967 Star Trek episode to see this. In that, it was quite an achievement.

This qualifies as a family film, though there are a few stabbings near the end. The acting is so obvious and the wounds so bloodless as to those scenes nearly as artificial as animation.

All in all, a fun film worth watching for either an evening of pure entertainment, or for the historical value of the effects. I recommend it.


23 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is this underappreciated???? hapalife52
Similarities to Wizard of Oz iregaa
Ebert has Added Thief to his Greatest Films List theFoss
First Film I ever saw TwilightNinja
Why is there no Director's credit on the print? Stuart Gardner
This is a good remake, but I think I missed one thing about the movie. kellyleighcrutcher
Discuss The Thief of Bagdad (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?