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Greatest Arabian Nights Film EVER Made
One of the finest scores ever composed lifts this masterpiece into the sublime stratosphere. Wonderful screenplay buy the inimitable Miles Malleson. Stunning oscar winning technicolor. Conrad Veidt as an evil lovesick villain and the incredibly lovely and exotic dulcet tongued, almond eyed June Duprez as the Princess of his desire. Amusing and vivid performances by Sabu and Rex Ingram as thief and djinn make this a must see one of a kind magical experience. Thank you Michael Powell!
- Muriel Schwenck
When I was 14, about 1975, my father took me and my best friend to see "Thief of Bagdad", and "Wuthering Heights", and "The Red Shoes" at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. We loved it!!! Regarding "Thief of Bagdad" I said, I would have chosen Jaffar, the evil vizier, over the prince. He was so much more interesting. My mother said "You're crazy". But I said Jaffar would have shared his amazing magic powers with the princess, he loved her so much.20 years later, I had a terrible boss and every day I came home and watched that three minutes Conrad Veidt turns Sabu into a dog. Now, that's good acting all around, because I imagined Jaffar turning my boss into a dog, and it set me up for the next day at work! That tinyl pleasure just worked for me.It's a small scene that shows the brilliance of Conrad Veidt and Sabu as character actors.Other than my personal anecdote offered up, this is a lovely fairy tale, with handsome people like Conrad Veidt, exquisitely beautiful June du Prez, handsome John Justin, and adorable Sabu. AND fabulous music score by Nicholas Rosza. What's not to like? Watch! Enjoy!
The Thief of Bagdad
Overall-3 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-2/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-4/5Score-3/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-5/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
The Thief of Bagdad
A vivid piece of eye-candy. Veidt, Sabu and Ingram give excellent performances, but the work of Justin and Duprez is uninteresting. The film won Oscars for it's production design, photography and special effects, all used to create a colourful and fantastic Bagdad. In short, this is an entertaining escapist fare at it's best. I give it a 4/5.
Shemp Howard as Sinbad
Can someone....ANYONE please explain to me why the very vocally distinguishable Shemp Howard, who plays the important role of Sinbad, is not listed anywhere here nor on IMDB, but he DID in fact play that role? It's quite obvious when you listen to him speak any of his many lines, as his voice stands out from the rest. Nobody sounded exactly like him, and I have found other references on the Web that properly credit him, as well as his reprise in that same role in Arabian Nights (1942). Many in the original cast were also present in the latter film as well. Not only did he do a fine job (no 'Stooge' pun intended) in this role in both movies, but he was surprisingly excellent in many other dramatic or comedic non-Stooge feature length films. IMHO, he weakest performances were with the Three Stooges, but he really shines in his many other film appearances. Perhaps he felt intimidated under Moe's rather large comedic shadow?But I digress...back to my original question. WHY not properly credit Samuel Horwitz, aka, Shemp Howard in this film? He was far more than a simple 'extra' or bit player in this movie.
the thief of bagdad
- frank stankus
saw it a long long time ago when i was young and have never forgot it. it was a movie way before its time that kept you spell bound thru out the whole movie. some of the special effects were outstanding for that time period. my hats off to the producers of thismovie and its cast. 50 years later and i still remember it.
Adventure at Its Zenith
- Bob Karam
To me THE THIEF OF BAGDAD is cinema adventure at its zenith. Its grand style overpowers all notions of amateurish acting and a banal tale. For youngsters there is a flying horse, a jinni in a bottle and, of course, Sabu battling a monstrous tarantula and riding a magic carpet. But what is it that brings a man in his mid seventies to watch again and again? Could it be the film's poetic motion and dialogue? Or Rzsa's soaring and gliding music? I wonder! I must confess that throughout my long love affair with this film, I have yet to decide what it is that thrills me in watching a thief help his friend regain a throne and win a princess whose beauty is like the sun and the moon.
Saw this movie when I was about 5 years old. It was incredible. The ultimate fantasy. Fired up my imagination and I was in another world for days. Made a bigger impression than the Wizard of Oz. The lines were so beautiful...and philosophical. This is a gem...Everyone should see it. Romance, adventure,laughter,a total escape. A classic in the true sense!!!!Please put it on home video!!
A Fanasty Delight!
- Henry Britton Jr
This movie was, and is, a fanasty beyond compare. Although it has been over 60 years since this film was released, it stills remains the most magical, spellbinding movie of all time; movie was released on dvd several years ago via MGM distribution. It can be had via bidding on EBay.