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The Thief of Bagdad

  • Drama
  • 1940
  • Ludwig Berger
  • 101 mins
  • U

Summary

A daring Arabian thief finds himself imprisoned with the deposed king, and together the pair devise a plan to escape and reclaim the throne - with a little help from flying carpets, a genie, a magical jewel and an enchanted mechanical horse. Fantasy adventure, starring Sabu, Conrad Veidt, Rex Ingram, John Justin and June Duprez.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A wonderfully atmospheric Arabian Nights adventure for children of all ages. And particularly for youngsters who can identify with Sabu singing "I want to be a bandit, can't you understand it?" - part of a marvellous score by Miklos Rozsa, which, incidentally, was the first ever to be committed to record. Undeterred by the outbreak of war, producer Alexander Korda decamped from England to Hollywood to complete it, sparing no expense to bring the magic to the screen, and using a total of six directors (himself included). Oscar-winning Technicolor photography and sumptuous art direction make this - Douglas Fairbanks Sr's silent version, notwithstanding - the definitive movie of this particular tale. With a giant genie (Rex Ingram), flying carpets, magical mechanical horses, a beautiful princess (June Duprez), Sabu himself, and a wickedly wicked grand vizier in the person of Conrad Veidt, what more could any adventure-seeker ask for?

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Credits

Cast

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JaffarConrad Veidt
AbuSabu
PrincessJune Duprez
AhmadJohn Justin
DjinniRex Ingram (2)
SultanMiles Malleson
KingMorton Selten
HalimaMary Morris
MerchantBruce Winston
AstrologerHay Petrie
JailerRoy Emerton
StorytellerAllan Jeayes
SingerAdelaide Hall

Crew

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DirectorLudwig Berger
DirectorMichael Powell
DirectorTim Whelan
DirectorZoltan Korda
DirectorWilliam Cameron Menzies
DirectorAlexander Korda

Details

Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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