- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 1924
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Happiness must be earned."
A.V. Club - 02/20/2013
"THE THIEF OF BAGDAD was a major event in the '20s, and still feels major now." -- Grade: A-
New York Times - 02/22/2013
"Using a panoply of optical and mechanical effects Fairbanks leads the viewer through a range of magical worlds."
Description by OLDIES.com:
In the ancient dream city of Bagdad, Ahmed (Douglas Fairbanks) is a handsome rogue of a thief whose heart is stolen by the beautiful daughter of the Caliph. The ruler declares that the hand of the princess will belong to the one who brings back the world's rarest treasure. Ahmed must compete with the great princes of the earth using only his resourcefulness, bravery, and charm. He embarks on a mystical quest and must overcome horrific obstacles, terrifying monsters and Mongol hordes to survive. This spectacular and award-winning motion picture is a visual feast. With magnificent, imaginative sets and special effects that astounded audiences, it was the most expensive film of the era, costing over $2 million when produced in 1924. This epic features the kind of charismatic performance by Douglas Fairbanks that made him a superstar. The Thief Of Bagdad is recognized as one of the greatest silent films of all time.
In this silent classic, Douglas Fairbanks is superb as a mischievous thief who, with the help of a genie's magic, tries to outwit the evil ruler of Bagdad. A wondrous, fantastic adventure, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD showcases the talents of Fairbanks--the first and greatest of film swashbucklers. With the help of a magic rope and a magic carpet, the hero woos a beautiful princess and faces many mortal dangers, including fierce dragons, blazing fires, and swelling waters, in his quest to prove himself worthy of her love.
Essential Cinema |
Family (General) |
Silent Cinema |
Silent Films |
- THE THIEF OF BAGDAD was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- Elton Thomas is a pseudonym for actor Douglas Fairbanks.