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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

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.

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Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue), Lajos Biró (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 / Six-Armed Goddess
Bruce Winston Bruce Winston ... The Merchant
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Astrologer
Adelaide Hall Adelaide Hall ... Singer
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Jailer
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... The Story Teller
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Storyline

In Bagdad, the young and naive Sultan Ahmad is curious about the behavior of his people. The Grand Vizier Jaffar convinces Ahmad to walk through the city disguised as a subject to know his people. Then he seizes the power telling to the inhabitants that Ahmad has died while he sends his army to arrest the Sultan that is thrown into the dungeons and sentenced to death. Ahmad befriends the young thief Abu that helps him to escape from the prison. They flee to Basra and plan to travel abroad with Sinbad. However Ahmad stumbles upon the beautiful princess and they fall in love with each other. But the evil Jaffar has also traveled to Basra to propose to marry the princess. When they see each other, Jaffar uses magic to blind Ahmad and turn Abu into a dog. Is their love doomed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le voleur de Bagdad See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$268,948
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alexander Korda had originally planned to shoot several scenes on location in Africa. The outbreak of World War II precluded location shoots there, so once the production moved to the US Korda scouted for a suitable replacement site. His scout team suggested the Arizona desert and the film crew shot on location in and around the Grand Canyon. See more »

Goofs

At the end, when Ahmad is fighting the palace guards, one of his sword blades is snapped off at the handle, and he stands there without a weapon. After a brief cut, he is running on upward toward the princess and has a good sword in hand again, even though he has neither picked one up off the ground or wrested one from another guard. See more »

Quotes

Old Man: Now out of my way, you masters of a thousand fleas. Allah be with you, but I doubt it.
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The Sea
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Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Unknown
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A fantasy for the century
8 August 2002 | by sitdownsmithSee all my reviews

I grew up with this as my all-time favorite film. The special effects are incredible for the era, and won awards. I can remember the dialogue as if I'd heard it yesterday. It is simply a great, timeless adventure. The music is by Miklos Rosza, who is cinema history's best. Sabu is the Thief. Conrad Veidt is the grand villain. I have a copy within reach, for the next trip down memory lane. Whoa there! Rex Ingram wants out of his genii bottle!


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