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Thief of Damascus (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance | April 1952 (USA)
A young man gathers a group of friends and adventurers to help battle an evil sultan.



(original story and screenplay)




Cast overview:
... General Abu Amdar
... Khalid
... Sheherazade
... Sinbad (as Lon Chaney)
... Neela
... Princess Zafir
... Aladdin
... Sultan Raudah
... Ben Jammal
... Ali Baba


In the world of Arabian Nights, Abu Amdar (Paul Henreid), head general of the Khalid, who is attacking Damascus, arranges a truce between the city and the Khalid's forces, and the Khalid (John Sutton') is furious. Amdar escapes to help the Persians, a decision prompted by his love for the Damascan Princes Zafir (Helen Gilbert). With the aid of Sheherazade (Jeff Donnell), Alladin (Robert Clary), Sinbad (Lon Chaney Jr., Ali Baba (Philip Van Zandt) and less-than-forty of his thieves, Abu Amdar soon sets things right in old Damascus...and Columbia's back lot. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Aladdin! Sinbad! Ali Baba! Scheherezade!


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Release Date:

April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abu Andar, Held von Damaskus  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One too many nights.
8 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

This very conventional oriental tale takes many characters from "the thousand and one nights " who ,with the exception of Ali Baba whose cave ,should we believe him,is used for the last time ,are not given a single chance to shine (to show their skills): Aladdin talks about his lamp,but this magical thing is no help for the oppressed; Simbad is not a sailor and has no monster to fight against;had Sheherazade been so devoid of imagination,she would not have hold her master's attention for thousand and one nights . Neela even hints at Delilah ,a biblical character ,who does not appear ,all the same.

This story is too derivative ,and there are many directors who did more exciting movies with "the thousand and one nights" inexhaustible material.

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