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The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)

In 13th-century Tangiers, regent Mustapha hires a paid assassin to kill baby Prince Hussein in order to usurp his throne but the assassin has second thoughts and steals the baby for himself.

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Rudolph Maté
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Julna
Piper Laurie ... Tina
Everett Sloane ... Yussef
Jeff Corey ... Emir Mokar
Betty Garde ... Mirza
Marvin Miller ... Hakar
Peggie Castle ... Princess Yasmin
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Prince Mustapha
Nita Bieber Nita Bieber ... Cahuena
Milada Mladova ... Dancer
Hayden Rorke ... Basra
Midge Ware ... Sari
Carol Varga ... Beulah
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Storyline

In 13th-century Tangiers, regent Mustapha covets the Caliphate's throne. Baby Prince Hussein is next in line to the throne but he is too young to rule. An envious and ambitious regent, Mustapha hires a paid assassin to kill the infant king, leaving Mustapha free to rule the Caliphate as he pleases. On the night of the planed murder, the paid assassin, master thief Yussef, enters the chambers of the baby Prince ready to strike his deadly blow. However, Yussef is impressed by the child's innocent gaze and decides to steal the infant Prince. Yussef lies to Mustapha the baby is dead but in fact the baby is safely in Yussef's home. Yussef raises the baby as his own and teaches the young boy to be one of the best thieves in Tangiers. Nevertheless, having a deposed prince with many powerful enemies for a son could be dangerous. Written by nufs68

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Exciting as an Arabian Night's Adventure!

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Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El principe bandolero See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Starring debuts of Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie. See more »

Quotes

Emir Mokar: Son of a noseless mother! Maggot-brained child of a jackass!
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A DVD-worthy flick
6 September 2004 | by samr266See all my reviews

"The Prince Who Was A Thief" was a good movie---the story was interesting and entertaining. Best part of the movie: Piper Laurie. On a funny side, most of the stars were pretty convincing as Muslims (wink, wink; nudge, nudge). I for one was fooled! That notwithstanding, this movie deserves to be copied onto DVD--far worse movies have made the cut! Tony Curtis played Julna, a prince who was supposed to be killed by a good-hearted guard who balked at the last minute and decided to adopt the child instead. The kid grew up and eventually came under the eye of the evil ruler (boo, hiss). Finally he took his rightful place. If movies like "Arabian Nights" and "The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad" have made it to DVD why not the equally good "The Prince Who Was A Thief"?


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