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The Thief of Bagdad ()


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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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Jaffar
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Abu
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Princess
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Ahmad
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Djinn
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Sultan
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The Old King
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Halima
Bruce Winston ...
The Merchant
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Astrologer
Adelaide Hall ...
Singer
Roy Emerton ...
Jailer
Allan Jeayes ...
The Story Teller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chick Alexander ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Frederick Burtwell ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joseph Cozier ...
Man Selling Fish (uncredited)
Toni Gable ...
Lady (uncredited)
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Man of Basra (uncredited)
Henry Hallatt ...
Citizen (uncredited)
Miki Hood ...
Citizen (uncredited)
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Princess' Maid (uncredited)
Alexander Laine ...
Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Cleo Laine ...
Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Sylvia Laine ...
Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Spoli Mills ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Norman Pierce ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Salew ...
Fish Peddler (uncredited)
Mark Stone ...
Masrur (uncredited)
Frank Tickle ...
Citizen (uncredited)
Otto Wallen ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ben Williams ...
Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ludwig Berger
Michael Powell
Tim Whelan
Alexander Korda ... (uncredited)
Zoltan Korda ... (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Miles Malleson ... (screen play and dialogue)
 
Lajos Biró ... (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro)
 
Miklós Rózsa ... (story) (as Miklos Rozsa)

Produced by

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Alexander Korda ... producer
Zoltan Korda ... associate producer
William Cameron Menzies ... associate producer

Music by

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Miklós Rózsa ... (musical score) (as Miklos Rozsa)

Film Editing by

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Charles Crichton

Editorial Department

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William Hornbeck ... supervising editor
Peter R. Hunt ... associate editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Vincent Korda ... (production designed in color by)

Art Direction by

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Vincent Korda ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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John Armstrong ... (costumes designed by)
Oliver Messel ... (costumes designed by)
Marcel Vertès ... (costumes designed by) (as Marcel Vertes)

Makeup Department

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Stuart Freeborn ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles ... makeup artist: Rex Ingram (uncredited)
Guy Pearce ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tom Shenton ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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David B. Cunynghame ... production manager

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Geoffrey Boothby ... associate director
Charles David ... associate director
Jack Clayton ... assistant director (uncredited)

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W. Percy Day ... scenic backgrounds (as Percy Day)
Ferdinand Bellan ... associate art director (uncredited)
W. Percy Day ... associate art director (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies ... associate art director (uncredited)
Frederick Pusey ... associate art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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A.W. Watkins ... sound director
John Aldred ... sound assistant (uncredited)
John W. Mitchell ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Jack Whitney ... special sound effects (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Lawrence W. Butler ... special effects director (as Lawrence Butler)
Tom Howard ... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Mills ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Peter Ellenshaw ... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
Wally Veevers ... matte artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Osmond Borradaile ... associate photographer
Georges Périnal ... chief photographer (as George Perinal)
Henty Henty-Creer ... camera operator: exteriors (uncredited)
Peter Hopkinson ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Krasker ... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Bill Wall ... chief electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Muir Mathieson ... musical director
Miklós Rózsa ... songs by (as Miklos Rozsa)

Other crew

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Natalie Kalmus ... Technicolor director
Alexander Korda ... presenter
André De Toth ... production assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Faulkner ... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Wendy Toye ... dance instructor: mechanical doll dance (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 One thousand and one sights from the thousand of one nights.... See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Fantasy in Technicolor (United Kingdom)
  • Le voleur de Bagdad (France)
  • El ladrón de Bagdad (Spain)
  • El ladron de Bagdad (Mexico)
  • Der Dieb von Bagdad (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $268,948

Did You Know?

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Trivia This is the first movie to ever use blue screens. See more »
Goofs In the Land of Legend, the Old King says that he will give two signs of kingship to Abu the thief. Abu is then given three items: a magic crossbow, a quiver, and a small, ornate box, like a jewelry box. No mention is made in the dialogue of this box, but it can be seen in Abu's right hand as he talks to the Old King, and also on the flying carpet as Abu flies away to rescue his friends. Apparently the crossbow and quiver were only one, not two, of the Old King's signs of kingship, and the other sign was the mysterious box, whose magical powers and purpose were lost on the cutting room floor. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Family Classics: The Thief of Bagdad (1963). See more »
Soundtracks I Want To Be A Sailor See more »
Quotes Abu: I am Abu the thief, son of Abu the thief, grandson of Abu the thief.
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