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The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 11 April 1924 (Brazil)
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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Lotta Woods (scenario editor), Douglas Fairbanks (story) (as Elton Thomas)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks ... The Thief of Bagdad
Snitz Edwards ... The Thief's Evil Associate
Charles Belcher Charles Belcher ... The Holy Man
Julanne Johnston ... The Princess
Sôjin Kamiyama Sôjin Kamiyama ... The Mongol Prince (as Sojin)
Anna May Wong ... The Mongol Slave
Brandon Hurst ... The Caliph
Tote Du Crow Tote Du Crow ... The Soothsayer
Noble Johnson ... The Indian Prince
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Storyline

A thief falls in love with the Caliph of Bagdad's daughter. The Caliph will give her hand to the suitor that brings back the rarest treasure after seven moons. The thief sets off on a magical journey while, unbeknownst to him, another suitor, the Prince of the Mongols, is not playing by the rules... Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 April 1924 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Nights Fantasy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,135,654 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Douglas Fairbanks was inspired to make this film by an episode in Paul Leni's German film Waxworks (1924) (US title: "Waxworks"). See more »

Goofs

At the 2 hour 27 minute mark when the thief and the princess are flying over Bagdad you can see piano wires holding up the flying carpet when the light reflects off them. You need to look carefully though. See more »

Quotes

The Thief of Bagdad: I am not a prince. I am less than the slave who serves you-a wretched outcast-a thief. What I wanted, I took. I wanted you-I tried to take you-But when I held you in my arms-the very world did change. The evil within me died. I can bear a thousand tortures, endure a thousand deaths-but not thy tears.
Guard: This Arab Prince is but a thief. Seek him out!
The Princess: Quick! Hide thyself. If thou art found with me, they will be merciless. I love you.
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Alternate Versions

In some prints, Mathilde Comont is credited as M. Comont to keep her sex a secret. However, in several scenes in the film it is very obvious that the Persian Prince is being played by a woman. See more »

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Douglas Fairbanks' Arabian Nights Extravaganza
16 February 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A beautiful princess, courted by royal suitors, is desired by a powerful Mongol magician. There is none in the kingdom wily & cunning enough to thwart the evil one's wicked plots - no one, that is, except THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.

This is another wonderful Douglas Fairbanks silent adventure epic. The world of the Arabian Nights springs alive before our eyes, with Fairbanks as all its fantastic heroes rolled into one. His athleticism is here perfectly at home in a realm of flying carpets, magic armies & undersea battles.

Director Raoul Walsh & Art Director William Cameron Menzies have created a realm of domes & towers, turrets & great halls, bazaars & souks - all the perfect backdrop for Fairbanks & the plot's sinuous action.

In the supporting cast, Sojin makes an excellent villain, the mysterious epitome of evil. Look for Anna May Wong as a palace maid & versatile African American actor Noble Johnson as the Indian Prince.

Both versions of this film now available on video feature scores based on themes from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, which exquisitely conveys all the allurement of the Thousand and One Nights.


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