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The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 11 April 1924 (Brazil)
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 ... 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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Ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy". It is also one of only two silent films chosen for the AFI's "10 Top 10" lists (the top 10 films in 10 genres) in June 2008; the second was City Lights (1931). See more »

Goofs

In the final flying carpet scene, the position of the magic chest on the carpet changes between shots. 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 1993 Jeff Forrester / USA Networks produced NEW copyrighted versions of mainstream silent films w/ EXCLUSIVE scores & NEW inter-titles. All but one were in black & white. There were 7 in total. They were aired on the SYFY (SCI-FI) Channel during the Christmas holiday in 1993 as part of SCI-FI Channel's Silent Cinema marathon. It was hosted by renowned film critic Jeffrey Lyons & was taped @ the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE in Astoria, NY. These particular versions have NEVER been available in ANY home video format. Their whereabouts are currently unknown. They were distributed by JORDEXX TELEVISION, INC. The THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924) score was composed & performed by Phil (Phillip) Kimbrough. See more »

Connections

Featured in Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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Lots of Fun
25 June 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With Douglas Fairbanks, an entertaining story, and all sorts of interesting sights, this classic is lots of fun to watch. The settings, costumes, and story put you convincingly into a fantasy world, and Fairbanks gets plenty of help both from these and from Anna May Wong and the rest of the supporting cast in making the characters come to life.

The first half is pleasant, although sometimes rather slow, as it sets up the rest of the story. Fairbanks has a perfect role for him as the good-natured thief who falls in love with a princess and then gets involved in a lot more adventure than he had planned on. His energy and believability, along with the interesting sets, carry the first part of the movie. The second half, when Fairbanks and his rivals are sent off on their quests, is full of adventure and fascinating detail. It's done with plenty of creativity and also many lavish special effects, most of which still work well. The excitement level is built up nicely in leading up to the action-packed finale.

It's a movie that is both enjoyable and skillfully made. It would have to rank among the best adventure/fantasy stories made in the silent film era, and it's still as entertaining as just about anything of the kind being made today.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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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)
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Technical Specs

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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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