The Thief of Bagdad is a UK VHS release by Thames Video on 19th August 1991.

Description Edit

Thames Television presents perhaps the most magical and spectacular of all the films of the great "silent" era, The Thief of Bagdad starring Douglas Fairbanks.

This enchanting Arabian Nights fantasy follows the exploits of the audacious rogue, Ahmed, as he journeys through a magic world of wonder and mystery in his quest for the hand of the beautiful Princess.

Ingenious special effects, stunning sets by brilliant designer William Cameron Menzies and a cast of Literally thousands, create what was described by the New York Times in 1923 as 'a feat of motion picture art which has never been equalled'.

Today the film's illusions may have long been superseded by the triumphs of modern technical wizardry, The Thief of Bagdad remains a fascinating and delightful experience for modern viewers.

Cast Edit

  • Douglas Fairbanks as Ahmed, the Thief of Bagdad
  • Snitz Edwards as His Evil Associate
  • Charles Belcher as The Holy Man (Imam) / Narrator
  • Julanne Johnston as The Princess. Johnston had appeared the previous year in another Arabian Nights fantasy, the now lost The Brass Bottle, directed by Maurice Tourneur.
  • Sojin Kamiyama as Cham Shang, Prince of the Mongols
  • Anna May Wong as The Mongol Slave
  • Brandon Hurst as The Caliph
  • Tote Du Crow as The Soothsayer
  • Noble Johnson as The Prince of the Indies
  • Mathilde Comont as The Prince of Persia (uncredited)

The eccentric Second World War soldier Jack Churchill also had an uncredited part.

Credits Edit

Opening (Original 1991 release) (with no trailer) Edit

  • Warning screen
  • Thames Video logo (1991-1998)
  • Start of The Thief of Bagdad (1990)

Closing (Original 1991 release) (with no trailer) Edit

  • End of The Thief of Bagdad (1990)
  • Closing Credits
  • Thames Video logo (silent) (1991-1998)
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