The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad

Raoul Walsh (1924)

210min
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Review

Our Score
A grinning, bare-chested Douglas Fairbanks shimmies up a rope and enters a room in the palace, intending to steal a casket of baubles. Instead, his eyes fall on Princess Julanne Johnston, and he swears there and then to be worthy of her and take her for a ride on a magic carpet. Of such things movie myths are made, effortlessly embodied by Fairbanks in one of his most famous roles. Maybe it dawdles in some sections and some performances - like that of former dancer Johnston - are distinctly wobbly, but even those, like the special effects, have a charm all their own. William Cameron Menzies, who later designed Things to Come and Gone With the Wind, provided the memorable sets, a clever combination of real structures and shots which utilised painted pieces of glass placed right next to the camera lens.

Cast & Crew

The Thief of Bagdad Douglas Fairbanks
His evil associate Snitz Edwards
The holy man Charles Belcher
The princess Julanne Johnston
The Mongol slave Anna May Wong
The slave of the lute Winter Blossom
The slave of the sand board Etta Lee
The caliph Brandon Hurst
Director Raoul Walsh
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