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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 25 December 1940 (USA)
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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Abu
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Princess
John Justin ...
Ahmad
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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 ...
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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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25 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Le voleur de Bagdad  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Replacement director Michael Powell and several key members of the film's production crew were taken off of the film once Great Britain officially declared war on Germany. Producer Alexander Korda had promised Winston Churchill any resources he could provide to produce wartime propaganda once war was officially declared. Powell and others were reassigned to direct The Lion Has Wings (1939), a propagandized documentary about the R.A.F., to boost British morale. Production of this film shifted to the United States and acquired a new director and key crew members. See more »

Goofs

As the Sultan of Basra flies over the city on his mechanical horse, power or telegraph lines are visible in the background. 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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Referenced in A Thousand and One Nights (1945) See more »

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The Sea
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Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Unknown
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STUNNING DVD!
3 December 2002 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

I first discovered Alexander Korda's (1940) Fantasy, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD in the early 1950's on a re-issue billed as "The Wonder Show of the Century!" Both Korda Technicolor films, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD and JUNGLE BOOK were shown on one never to be forgotten program. The music of Miklos Rozsa enhanced both films. The Technicolor in each was incredibly beautiful! THE THIEF OF BAGDAD has remained on my list as the best fantasy film ever made. As the years passed, it became more difficult to enjoy the film's color in the way it had originally been presented in. True Technicolor gave way to a Eastman Color process in the middle 1950's. Both Kino and Samuel Goldwyn reissued the film both theatrically and on video. But the Eastman Color prints were more pastel in nature and muted the vibrancy of the original Technicolor. The Laser Disc release of this title also has the pastel look to it -- nice, but not as it should be. NOW comes the M-G-M DVD (3 Dec 2002) issue. THE THIEF OF BAGDAD again has the wonderful Technicolor look to it on a DVD that is nothing short of STUNNING!!! It was so exciting to see it like this once again that after viewing the DVD once, I watched it a second time. The only "Extras" are a Spanish Dubbed version, Sub-Titles in both English & Spanish, and a beautifully done original theatrical trailer. Thank you M-G-M for this EXCEPTIONAL DVD release. Now, one can only hope that Korda's FOUR FEATHERS and a restored version of Korda's JUNGLE BOOK (to replace to poor public domain prints in circulation) will soon follow on DVD.


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