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The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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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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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When the guards prevent The Thief, carrying his friend on his head, from entering the gates, they completely disappear in the next shot after the gates are closed. 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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New Kino version infinitely superior to previous DVDs
24 April 2004 | by ricknorwoodSee all my reviews

There are very few silent films that I enjoy as much as a modern film. In fact, the only silent film that I would rate as a 10 is Buster Keaton's The General. But Douglas Fairbanks is certainly worth watching, if you have any real interest in film. He has so much charm, and moves so fluidly, that he captivates even when the special effects are, well, very 1920s. Fairbanks does not so much act as he dances the role. The costumes and sets, by William Cameron Menzies, are also spectacular. I have watched this movie in the earlier DVD version, and frankly it put me to sleep. First, a great deal of it was missing, and so the story was choppy and hard to follow. Second, the print quality was poor. But the new Kino Fairbanks collection is a miracle of film restoration. There is one section on this DVD that is poor quality, compared to the others. But since this is a section that I have never seen before, to see it at all is wonderful.


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