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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.

Writers:

Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue), Lajos Biró (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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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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Taglines:

THE WONDER of the masked magician who transforms a prince into a beggar...a boy into a barking dog! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on US television; it premiered in Cleveland Sunday 8 August 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), followed by Baltimore Friday 25 August 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), by Philadelphia Friday 3 September 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Boston Sunday 12 September 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), by Chicago Saturday 18 September 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), by New York City Friday 24 September 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), by Los Angeles Sunday 3 October 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), by Atlanta Wednesday 30 March 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), by Dayton Friday 29 April 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13), and by Cincinnati Friday 13 May 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). Although filmed in Technicolor, these telecasts were in B&W, since color broadcasting was still in its experimental stage. The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda (I) productions originally released theatrically between 1933-42. See more »

Goofs

The wires used to suspend the flying carpet are visible in the last scene of Abu on the carpet. The film was originally shot in three strip Technicolor, with prints made using a dye transfer process that resulted in a slight reduction in overall resolution. This reduction in resolution hid the wires in original prints, making them invisible. Modern prints, especially on Hi-Def DVDs, have restored the resolution making the support wires plainly visible. See more »

Quotes

Halima: Take my hand.
Ahmad: There is no need. My dog sees for me. He gives me more than he can ever receive - like all dogs.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Sorcerers (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sea
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Unknown
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Impressive fairy tale of good prince and thief versus evil vizier full of fantastic elements
16 May 2009 | by ma-cortesSee 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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