The Thief of Bagdad
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The Thief of Bagdad

106 min
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
Ludwig Berger
Won 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination
Country: UK
Release Date: 1940-12-25
Filming Locations: Denham Studios, Denham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Conrad Veidt
June Duprez
John Justin
Rex Ingram
Miles Malleson
Morton Selten
The Old King
Mary Morris
Halima / Six-Armed Lady
Bruce Winston
The Merchant
Hay Petrie
Adelaide Hall
Roy Emerton
Allan Jeayes
The Story Teller
Frederick Burtwell
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joseph Cozier
Man Selling Fish (uncredited)
Robert Greig
Man of Basra (uncredited)
Henry Hallett
Citizen (uncredited)
Miki Hood
Citizen (uncredited)
Glynis Johns
Princess's maid (uncredited)
Alexander Laine
Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Cleo Laine
Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Sylvia Laine
Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Spoli Mills
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Leslie Phillips
Urchin in Bagdad Market (uncredited)
Norman Pierce
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Salew
Fish Peddler (uncredited)
Mark Stone
Masrur (uncredited)
Frank Tickle
Citizen (uncredited)
Otto Wallen
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ben Williams
Citizen (uncredited)
Did you know?
Producer Alexander Korda was so demanding that he went through six directors during the production of this film, including his brother Zoltan Korda and leading art director William Cameron Menzies.
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When filming began in the US, the stricter censorship codes of the Hays Office there were applied. One of the most obvious differences between the scenes shot in the UK and those filmed in the USA is that the tops of the actresses' costumes were buttoned up all the way to satisfy the Hays Office. That kind of clue makes it easier to identify the US-shot scenes than trying to spot differences in the sets.
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Film debut of John Justin.
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Abu throws tomatoes at his pursuers as he flees though Baghdad. These would have been unknown on Arabia at this time as they originated in the Americas.
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Almost all of the characters mispronounce "Allah". The first syllable rhymes with "dull" or "null", but in the film, most pronounce it as rhyming with "pal" or "gal."
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In the Land of Legend, the Old King says that he will give two signs of kingship to Abu the thief. Abu is then given three items: a magic crossbow, a quiver, and a small, ornate box, like a jewelry box. No mention is made in the dialogue of this box, but it can be seen in Abu's right hand as he talks to the Old King, and also on the flying carpet as Abu flies away to rescue his friends. Apparently the crossbow and quiver were only one, not two, of the Old King's signs of kingship, and the other sign was the mysterious box, whose magical powers and purpose were lost on the cutting room floor.
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Ahmad: Are men only to be ruled by fear?
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Halima: Take my hand.
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Abu: I am Abu the thief. Son of Abu the thief. Grandson of Abu the thief.
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