The Thief of Bagdad

1924, Adventure/Fantasy, 2h 35m

29 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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It requires some viewing commitment, but this beautifully assembled showcase for Douglas Fairbanks' acting offers some splendid treats for classic film fans. Read critic reviews

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A thief sneaks into a royal palace, where he sees and falls instantly in love with a beautiful princess. Pretending to be a prince, the thief woos the princess, who becomes enamored with him, but when guilt eats at him, the thief confesses to a holy man, who commands him to find a magic chest as penance. As he battles many obstacles to win the chest, the thief uses its powers to save Baghdad from a foreign invader and rescue his beloved.

Cast & Crew

Douglas Fairbanks
The Thief of Bagdad
Snitz Edwards
His Evil Associate
Charles Belcher
The Holy Man
Julanne Johnston
The Princess
Sojin
The Mongol Prince
Anna May Wong
The Mongol Slave
Tote Du Crow
The Soothsayer
Noble Johnson
The Indian Prince
Arthur Edeson
Cinematographer
William Nolan
Film Editor
Mitchell Leisen
Costume Designer
Theodore Reed
Production Manager
James T. O'Donohoe
Assistant Director
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  • May 15, 2016
    Wonderful fantasy adventure that was way ahead of its time.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2014
    Borrowing extensively from ballet this masterpiece tells its story as if you were at the back of a theater and unable to hear the actors on the stage (and yet they are aware of your presence, play specifically to your pleasure) and so nearly every movement and gesture is played BIG, even the sets are BIG ...so that little ol' you at the back understand it all. In the midst of all the grandeur Douglas Fairbanks, a dance wunderkind, every move screaming youth and vigor and finesse (you quickly understand that here is the guy who invented parkour, as there is no set piece, no furniture, no expanse, that this guy doesn't see as a personal challenge to leap over). There's a story here too, something about rising above your station, seizing the day, etc., etc., and there's the American racist penchant in evidence but mostly a old school tale told the old school way. Enjoyable.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2013
    This 2.5-hour epic is still dazzling entertainment, despite a dated touch of anti-Asian racism. Douglas Fairbanks is a bit over the top with all his macho posing and grand arm gestures, but his charisma and wiry athleticism is spectacular. The mix of lavish sets and sharp matte paintings is a visual thrill, and the special effects are quite impressive for their time. The depictions of the magic rope and carpet are especially sharp, even if the wires holding up the carpet are often visible. The underwater sequence is also a lot of fun.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2013
    There is a reason why Douglas Fairbanks was such a great silent film performer..he just oozes charisma and wouldn't let something like words get in his way. It stands the test of time in the era of talkies and is such fun to watch.
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