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Writers:
Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue)
Lajos Biró (scenario by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Thousand and One Sights from One Thousand and One Nights See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Enchanting fairy tale! See more (93 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Conrad Veidt ... Jaffar

Sabu ... Abu

June Duprez ... Princess
John Justin ... Ahmad

Rex Ingram ... 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 ... The Story Teller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick Burtwell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joseph Cozier ... Man Selling Fish (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Man of Basra (uncredited)
Henry Hallett ... Citizen (uncredited)
Miki Hood ... Citizen (uncredited)

Glynis Johns ... Princess's maid (uncredited)
Alexander Laine ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Cleo Laine ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Sylvia Laine ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Spoli Mills ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Leslie Phillips ... Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Norman Pierce ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Salew ... Fish Peddler (uncredited)
Mark Stone ... Masrur (uncredited)
Frank Tickle ... Citizen (uncredited)
Otto Wallen ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by
Ludwig Berger 
Michael Powell 
Tim Whelan 
Alexander Korda (uncredited)
Zoltan Korda (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue)

Lajos Biró (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro)

Miklós Rózsa (story) (as Miklos Rozsa)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer
Zoltan Korda .... associate producer
William Cameron Menzies .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Crichton (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Vincent Korda (production designed in color by)
 
Art Direction by
Vincent Korda (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong (costumes designed by)
Oliver Messel (costumes designed by)
Marcel Vertès  (as Marcel Vertes)
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist: Rex Ingram (uncredited)
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tom Shenton .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Boothby .... associate director
Charles David .... associate director
Jack Clayton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
W. Percy Day .... scenic backgrounds (as Percy Day)
Ferdinand Bellan .... associate art director (uncredited)
W. Percy Day .... associate art director (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies .... associate art director (uncredited)
Frederick Pusey .... associate art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
John W. Mitchell .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Jack Whitney .... special sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (as Lawrence Butler)
Tom Howard .... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Mills .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... associate photographer
Georges Périnal .... chief photographer (as George Perinal)
Henty Henty-Creer .... camera operator: exteriors (uncredited)
Peter Hopkinson .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Krasker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Bill Wall .... chief electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
Peter R. Hunt .... associate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Miklós Rózsa .... songs by (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Alexander Korda .... presenter
André De Toth .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Wendy Toye .... dance instructor: mechanical doll dance (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1946) | Norway:A | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #02749) | West Germany:6

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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:
Continuity: 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:Strange how an unpleasant child can make a decent dog!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Thousand and One Nights (1945)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Want To Be A SailorSee more »

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41 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Enchanting fairy tale!, 26 December 1999

"The Thief of Bagdad" is impressive in the shape of the evil magician Jaffar (Conrad Veidt). He plots with lies and magic spells to obtain the kingdom from its rightful ruler the young King Ahmad, and a gorgeous princess from her father...

He falls victim in the end, as all tyrants do (in books and legends) to love and of the common man whom he ignored, here embodied by the little thief (Sabu).

The armies of good and evil, black and white, are superbly realized in both visual and literary terms...

The script is poetic, simply and very beautiful... The costumes of the magician and his men rising and falling like the wings of black birds, attacking suddenly in the night to inflict destruction and create terror...

The radiant hero wears white turbans and robes, and his princess is dressed in pinks and pale blues...

For spectacular scenes it matched all that had gone before, while through its use of color, it brought to life a world such as had not seemed possible before...

With flying carpet and flying white horse, with a giant genie (excellently played by Rex Ingram), with evil wizards, and with the good acting of Sabu and Veidt, "The Thief of Bagdad" captures the quality and true atmosphere of the Arabian Nights...

The 1940 version remains the screen's finest fairy tale!

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