The Thief Of Bagdad

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This swashbuckling tale out of The Thousand and One Nights was Hollywood mega-star and producer Douglas Fairbanks’ pet project, and coming on the heels of previous costume successes The Three Musketeers, The Mark of Zorro, and Robin Hood, cemented... read more
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This swashbuckling tale out of The Thousand and One Nights was Hollywood mega-star and producer Douglas Fairbanks’ pet project, and coming on the heels of previous costume successes The Three Musketeers, The Mark of Zorro, and Robin Hood, cemented Fairbanks’ standing as both the leading action-adventure star of his day and one of the industry’s first “multi-hypenate” powerhouses.The actor stars as the impious thief Ahmed who has made a reputation as Baghdad’s premiere plunderer. When he falls in love with a beautiful princess (Julanne Johnston) and the two determine to marry, her father the caliph intervenes, forbidding the union. Thus erupts a chain of circumstances involving a crystal ball, a magic apple, a pegasus, an invisibility cloak… and, of course, a flying carpet.No expense was spared for The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Nights Fantasy — it was one the costliest films produced in Hollywood in the silent era, evident in both the stunning sets of William Cameron Menzies and the breakthrough special effects that weave throughout the picture. Expertly directed by Raoul Walsh, who would go on to become of America’s foremost filmmakers, and the creator of such classics as The Bowery, High Sierra, and White Heat, The Thief of Bagdad remains an enduring fantasy for the ages. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to release Fairbanks and Walsh’s epic, newly restored and featuring a magnificent score by maestro Carl Davis conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, in a Dual Format release for the first time in the  UK.

Original Release

03/18/1924

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Cast

Douglas Fairbanks The Thief of Bagdad
Snitz Edwards The Thief's Evil Associate
Charles Belcher The Holy Man
Julanne Johnston The Princess
Sôjin Kamiyama The Mongol Prince (as Sojin)
Anna May Wong The Mongol Slave
Brandon Hurst The Caliph
Tote Du Crow The Soothsayer
Noble Johnson The Indian Prince
Sam Baker Sworder (uncredited)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Raoul Walsh

Writers

Lotta Woods, Douglas Fairbanks, Achmed Abdullah, James T. O'Donohoe

Cast

Douglas Fairbanks The Thief of Bagdad
Snitz Edwards The Thief's Evil Associate
Charles Belcher The Holy Man
Julanne Johnston The Princess
Sôjin Kamiyama The Mongol Prince (as Sojin)
Anna May Wong The Mongol Slave
Brandon Hurst The Caliph
Tote Du Crow The Soothsayer
Noble Johnson The Indian Prince
Sam Baker Sworder (uncredited)
Etta Lee Slave of the Sand Board (uncredited)
Mathilde Comont Persian Prince (uncredited)
Charles Stevens Persian Prince's Awaker (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson Child (uncredited)
Jesse Lasky Jr. (uncredited)
David Sharpe (uncredited)
Paul Malvern Gigantic Bat (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw Eunuch (uncredited)
Jess Weldon Eunuch (uncredited)
K. Nambu Mongol Prince's Counselor (uncredited)

Producers

Editors

William Nolan

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