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442 Ratings

The Thief of Bagdad

Directed by Raoul Walsh
United States, 1924
Adventure, Family, Fantasy


Highlighted by majestic set design by William Cameron Menzies, this awe-inspiring jaunt through exotic Arabia follows a young thief who faces supernatural challenges to win the heart of his beloved princess.

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The Thief of Bagdad Directed by Raoul Walsh

Awards & Festivals

National Film Preservation Board

1996 | Winner: National Film Registry

Kinema Junpo Awards

1926 | Winner: Best Entertaining Film

Critics reviews

This textbook racist fantasy takes place inside towering and intricately patterned sets. Walls, gates, lattices: every bit of architecture seems sturdy yet impossibly tall. Douglas Fairbanks in earrings and headband frolics nimbly around this gargantuan playground.
November 06, 2017
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At the height of his reign as “the King of Hollywood” with wife/Queen Mary Pickford, Fairbanks is a magnetic screen presence, combining Chaplin-like physical comedy skills with (possibly the original) Hollywood good looks… The film’s 149-minute running time might test the patience of even the most devout silent film fan, but the decadent costumes, elaborate sets, and Fairbanks’s copious talents provide more than enough baroque pleasure to pass the time.
May 02, 2013
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