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The Thief of Bagdad (1940) Poster

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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.
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Filming began in Britain, but because of the Blitz, the production relocated to Hollywood. There was such a long break in production, Sabu's early scenes had to be re-shot because he had grown several inches.
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Filmed at London's Denham Studios, which had just merged with J. Arthur Rank's nearby Pinewood Studios.
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Most of the 18 riders who clear the market prior to the Princess's procession are women. This may have been because so many men had been taken into the British armed forces.
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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.
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Vivien Leigh was originally cast in the role of the Princess, but when, in late 1938, she won the part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Producer Alexander Korda gave the role to young up-and-coming starlet June Duprez.
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The correct spelling of the title ought to be the Thief of Baghdad, as it is a western film and this is the expected English spelling. However some of producers and Writers are of eastern European descent where the alternative Bagdad version is sometimes used. Other variations include Bughdad and Bhagdad.
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Film debut of John Justin.
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This is the first movie to ever use greens screens.
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The first assigned director, Ludwig Berger, wanted his old friend, 80-year-old Austrian operetta composer Oscar Straus, to compose the score. Miklós Rózsa only won the assignment by sitting in an office adjoining Berger's and playing his catchy melodies over and over. The Viennese waltzes that Straus had supplied were quickly dropped in favor of Rozsa's sweeping and colorful score.
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