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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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Abu
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Princess
John Justin ...
Ahmad
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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 ...
The Story Teller
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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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thief | king | flying | princess | prince | See more »

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One Thousand and One Sights from One Thousand and One Nights See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le voleur de Bagdad  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When filming began in the US, the stricter censorship codes of the Hays Office there were applied. One of the most obvious differences between the scenes shot in the UK and those filmed in the USA is that the tops of the actresses' costumes were buttoned up all the way to satisfy the Hays Office. That kind of clue makes it easier to identify the US-shot scenes than trying to spot differences in the sets. See more »

Goofs

When Ahmad is to be executed, his head is held down with a rope to steady it. But when the executioner raises his sword the next shots of Ahmad show that the rope has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Jaffar: Forget Ahmad. He's no longer blind. For a man with eyes the world is full of women. Only I am cursed, that I can see only you.
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Connections

Version of The Thief of Bagdad (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

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