In the time of the Arabian Nights, the city of Baghdad is ruled by Sultan Ali Bajazeth but actually controlled by the scheming Grand Vizier Ghamal. The poor of Baghdad are aided by Karim, the Thief of Baghdad.
A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.
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
This is the first movie to ever use blue screens. See more »
Abu, who we know to be a Muslim, is shown requesting and eating sausages, even though the consumption of pork is very strictly forbidden in Islam. However, the sausage may not be made from pork. See more »
Perfect fairytale fantasy in gorgeous British technicolor...
One of the most enjoyable fantasies of all time (with flying horses, flying carpets, dancing idols, daring escapes) is given even more dimension by the performance of Conrad Veidt as the villainous Jaffar. He is the perfect embodiment of a fairytale villain and gives the film the extra punch it needs.
June Duprez has never been more beautifully photographed as the princess and John Justin and Sabu do well as the prince and thief (respectively) who have to settle a score with Conrad Veidt. All of it is handsomely costumed and photographed in the subdued technicolor common to British films at the time (which has a washed out look in some sections of the video print I own).
Filmed under harsh wartime conditions, it nevertheless managed to win three Academy Awards for Special Effects, Color Cinematography and Color Art Direction. An enjoyable treat for young and old.
One has to wonder what Universal might have done with this story material if produced for their co-starring team of Maria Montez and Jon Hall.
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