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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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(screen play and dialogue), (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Abu
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Princess
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Ahmad
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Miles Malleson ...
Sultan
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The Old King
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Halima / Six-Armed Lady
Bruce Winston ...
The Merchant
Hay Petrie ...
Astrologer
Adelaide Hall ...
Singer
Roy Emerton ...
Jailer
Allan Jeayes ...
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Storyline

In Bagdad, the young and naive Sultan Ahmad is curious about the behavior of his people. The Grand Vizier Jaffar convinces Ahmad to walk through the city disguised as a subject to know his people. Then he seizes the power telling to the inhabitants that Ahmad has died while he sends his army to arrest the Sultan that is thrown into the dungeons and sentenced to death. Ahmad befriends the young thief Abu that helps him to escape from the prison. They flee to Basra and plan to travel abroad with Sinbad. However Ahmad stumbles upon the beautiful princess and they fall in love with each other. But the evil Jaffar has also traveled to Basra to propose to marry the princess. When they see each other, Jaffar uses magic to blind Ahmad and turn Abu into a dog. Is their love doomed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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princess | thief | evil | dungeon | magic | See All (169) »

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THE WONDER of the Enchanted Princess. Whoever looks upon her beauty dies---but Ahmad dares to win her favor! (original poster) See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

The first director, Ludwig Berger, was dismissed because of creative differences with producer Alexander Korda. Berger envisioned the picture as a lyrical black-and-white fantasy film, while Korda believed that it should be a big, bold epic in color. Korda's brother, Vincent Korda, had made some color sketches proved to be the final tipping point that convinced Alexander the film should be shot in color and that another director should be brought on to fulfill his vision. See more »

Goofs

Abu, who we know to be a Muslim, is shown requesting and eating sausages, even though the consumption of pork is very strictly forbidden in Islam. However, the sausage may not be made from pork. See more »

Quotes

Genie: You're a clever little man little master of the universe, but mortals are weak and frail. If their stomach speaks, they forget their brain. If their brain speaks, they forget their heart. And if their heart speaks
[laughter]
Genie: ... they forget everything.
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Connections

Referenced in Next Friday (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sea
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Unknown
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A fantasy for the century
8 August 2002 | by (Dyer, IN) – See all my reviews

I grew up with this as my all-time favorite film. The special effects are incredible for the era, and won awards. I can remember the dialogue as if I'd heard it yesterday. It is simply a great, timeless adventure. The music is by Miklos Rosza, who is cinema history's best. Sabu is the Thief. Conrad Veidt is the grand villain. I have a copy within reach, for the next trip down memory lane. Whoa there! Rex Ingram wants out of his genii bottle!


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