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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 25 December 1940 (USA)
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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(screen play and dialogue), (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Jaffar
... Abu
... Princess
... Ahmad
... Djinn
... Sultan
... The Old King
... Halima / Six-Armed Goddess
Bruce Winston ... The Merchant
Hay Petrie ... Astrologer
Adelaide Hall ... Singer
Roy Emerton ... Jailer
Allan Jeayes ... The Story Teller
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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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Dwarfing anything ever seen...a mountainous Genie piercing the clouds...flying horses winging over Jewelled cities...a magic carpet that spans the world like the swiftest bird. (original poster) See more »


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25 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le voleur de Bagdad  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first assigned director, Ludwig Berger, wanted his old friend, 80-year-old Austrian operetta composer Oscar Straus, to compose the score. Miklós Rózsa only won the assignment by sitting in an office adjoining Berger's and playing his catchy melodies over and over. The Viennese waltzes that Straus had supplied were quickly dropped in favor of Rozsa's sweeping and colorful score. See more »

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Both instances when the flying horse is coming to life in preparation to fly it is shown standing on a red plush material surface. However, when the horse becomes airborne the surface where it stood appears to be a hard polished stone surface. See more »

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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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Referenced in The Chronic Rift: Heroes & Villains (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Be A Sailor
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Robert Vansittart
Additional Lyrics by William Kernell
Performed by Sabu
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Impressive fairy tale of good prince and thief versus evil vizier full of fantastic elements
16 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is an Oriental fantasy about ¨thousand and one Arabian nights¨ plenty of incredible adventures, fantasy witchery and wizardly. The malignant vizier Jaffar (magnificently played by Conrad Veidt)with powerful magic faculties imprisons the prince Ahamad of Bagdad(attractive John Justin)who loses his throne, then he escapes thanks a little thief named Abu(sympathetic Sabu). They arrive Basora where Ahamad and the princess(gorgeous June Duprez) fall in love. But prince and thief are haunted by Jaffar , Ahamd is turned blind and Abu is become a dog. The story accumulates several fantastic ingredients such as transformation of the starring, a flying mechanic horse, magic bow, flying carpet and of course the colossal genie(overacting performed by Rex Ingram) who gives three wishes to Sabu , the magic eye, the figure of goddess Kali with several hands, among others.

This remarkable picture ranks as one of the finest fantastic films of all time. Produced by London Fim's Alexander Korda and directed by the definitively credited Ludwing Berger, Michael Powell and Tim Whelan with a stunning screenplay by Lajos Biro and Miles Malleson also dialogs writer and actor as Sultan fond to mechanic games. The WWII outbreak caused the paralyzing shooting, then the three Korda brothers and collaborators traveled USA continuing there the filming in especial on Grand Cannon Colorado.The splendid visual and glimmer Technicolor cinematography , setting and FX provoked the achieving three Oscars : Production design by William Cameron Menzies and Vincent Korda ,Cinematography by George Perinal and Special effects by Osmond Borradaile though today are dated and is urgent a necessary remastering because the colors are worn-out. Furthermore one nomination for the evocative and oriental musical score by Miklos Rozsa. This vivid tale with immense doses of imagination will like to fantasy fans and cinema classic buffs


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