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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jaffar
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Abu
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Princess
John Justin ...
Ahmad
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Djinn
Miles Malleson ...
Sultan
Morton Selten ...
The Old King
Mary Morris ...
Halima
Bruce Winston ...
The Merchant
Hay Petrie ...
Astrologer
Adelaide Hall ...
Singer
Roy Emerton ...
Jailer
Allan Jeayes ...
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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>

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princess | thief | king | flying | dungeon | See more »

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GIGANTIC! The Wonder Picture of All Time! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Thief of Bagdad  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

When Abu is climbing the spiderweb we can see a skeleton. Its skull has a division line that runs through the parietal periphery and which reveals it as a dummy. See more »

Quotes

Princess: You don't look wicked. Are you a good Djinni?
Ahmad: Not too good. Very good Djinni are just as tiresome as very good men.
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Connections

Referenced in Lust, Caution (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sea
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Unknown
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Gosh, it's colourful
1 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Like the Arabian Nights this film plays with storytelling conventions in order to make us feel that there's plot, plot and more plot: it opens with what appears to be the frame device of a blind man telling the story of his life, then plunges into a flashback which takes us right up to the blind man's present, where we discover that about half of the story is yet to come. (It must be admitted that the second half doesn't quite live up to the promise of the first.) Like the Arabian Nights it tries to cram as many Middle-Eastern folk motiffs as possible into the one work. A freed genie, a beautiful princess, a flying carpet, fantastic mechanical toys, sea voyages, a crowded marketplace, a wicked vizier, jewels ... I don't know why it all works, but it does. Everything is just so beautiful. The sets are beautiful. June Duprez is beautiful. Rozsa's score is especially beautiful. As usual, it sounds Hungarian; but somehow he manages to convince us that he's being Hungarian in a Persian way.


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