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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Thief of Bagdad (1940, UK)

In this imaginative Arabian Nights fantasy adventure film produced by Alexander Korda - it was a loose remake of the original Douglas Fairbanks silent classic of 1924; it was also the Oscar winning film for Best Cinematography and Special Effects, including the first major use of bluescreening:

  • the character of clever and poor Bagdad thief Abu (15 year-old Sabu) who helped save handsome deposed Prince Ahmad (Jon Justin) and the beautiful Princess (June Duprez), the daughter of a toy-obsessed Sultan (Miles Malleson), from the villainous, black-clad evil magician Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) by a ride to the rescue on his magic carpet in the film's conclusion
(Conrad Veidt)
Princess (June Duprez)
Sultan (Miles Malleson), the Princess' Father
  • the sight of 50 foot tall genie or Djinni (Rex Ingram) emerging from a tiny bottle on a beach, watched by boy thief Abu
  • the fanciful elements including a toy horse that could fly, Abu's battle with a giant spider in its huge web, and Abu's flight to the rescue of Ahmad on a magical flying carpet
Fanciful Elements
The Flying Horse
The "Silver Maid" - A Deadly, Multi-Armed Dancing Statue
Abu In Spider Web
The Temple With Goddess (And an All-Seeing Eye Jewel)
The Magic Flying Carpet
Abu's Crossbow and Arrow - Death to Jafar

Prince Ahmad
(Jon Justin)

Thief Abu (Sabu)

Djinn Emerging From Bottle

The Djinn Trapped Back in Bottle by Abu

Happy Ending


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