~The Thief of Bagdad~
~Plot Synopsis~
Douglas Fairbanks is at his most graceful and charismatic in one of the classic silent films of the 1920s. As
the thief of Baghdad, his movements are dance-like -- nothing like the athletics he performed in most of
his other films. In this Arabian take, the thief ignores the holy teachings and sneaks into the palace of the
Caliph (Brandon Hurst). All thoughts of robbery slip away, however, when he sees the beautiful princess
(Julanne Johnston). Princes have come from many faraway lands to win the princess' hand (and it's
amusing to watch her face growing ever more alarmed at their arrival, because each one is uglier than
the last). The thief disguises himself as a prince and the princess falls in love with him. After having a
pang of conscience, the thief confesses all to the Holy Man (Charles Belcher), who sends him to find a
magic chest. He braves many obstacles to get it, and when he returns he discovers that the Mongol Prince
(Sojin) has taken over the city. Using the chest, the reformed thief creates armies of men out of
nothingness and recaptures the city. He then uses the cloak of invisibility to spirit the princess away on a
magic carpet. Fairbanks stole some of the special effects for his film from Fritz Lang's Der Müde Tod,
which he had purchased for American distribution. The Thief of Baghdad, with its look of unrealistic
beauty (courtesy of art director William Cameron Menzies), was not fully appreciated in its day. Because
of its huge cost (two million dollars -- a real fortune in those days), it made little money. After that,
Fairbanks stuck closer to the swashbuckling persona he felt his audience wanted. Available now on DVD,
the remastered film features a new score by Carl Davis.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Written by:
Achmed Abdullah - screenwriter
Douglas Fairbanks - story
James T. O'Donohoe - adaptation
Lotta Woods - writer

Inspired by a tale from  A Thousand and One Nights  author unknown (circa

Douglas Fairbanks ...  The Thief of Bagdad
Snitz Edwards ...  His Evil Associate
Charles Belcher ...  The Holy Man
Julanne Johnston ...  The Princess
Sojin ...  The Mongol Prince
Anna May Wong ...  The Mongol Slave
Brandon Hurst ...  The Caliph
Tote Du Crow ...  The Soothsayer
Noble Johnson ...  The Indian Prince
Sam Baker ...  The Sworder (uncredited)
Winter Blossom ...  The Slave of the Lute (uncredited)
Mathilde Comont ...  The Persian Prince (uncredited)
Jesse Fuller ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sadakichi Hartmann ...  His Court Magician (uncredited)
Jesse Lasky Jr. ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Etta Lee ...  The Slave of the Sand Board (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw ...  Eunuch (uncredited)
K. Nambu ...  His Counselor (uncredited)
Jack Parker ...  Child (uncredited)
David Sharpe ...  Bit (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ...  His Awaker (uncredited)
Charles Sylvester ...  Eunuch (uncredited)
Jess Weldon ...  Eunuch (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures

Distribution Company: United Artists

Produced by: Douglas Fairbanks
Cinematography by: Arthur Edeson   
Film Editing by: William Nolan    
Production Design by: William Cameron Menzies    
Art Direction by: William Cameron Menzies    
Costume Design by: Mitchell Leisen
Make-Up Artist: George Westmore
Production Manager: Theodore Reed
Assistant Director: James T. O'Donohoe
Park French ....  associate artist  
Harold Grieve ....  associate artist  
Anton Grot ....  associate artist  
H.R. Hopps ....  associate artist  
Edward M. Langley ....  associate artist  
Irvin J. Martin ....  consulting art director  
William Utwich ....  associate artist  
Paul Youngblood ....  associate artist  
Paul Burns ....  property master (uncredited)  
Hampton Del Ruth ....  mechanical effects  
Hampton Del Ruth ....  special effects  
Coy Watson Sr. ....  mechanical effects  
Coy Watson Sr. ....  special effects  
David Sharpe ....  stunts (uncredited)  
Jack Stoney ....  stunts (uncredited)  
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Gordon MacLean ....  assistant camera (uncredited)  
Charles Warrington ....  still photographer (uncredited)  
Albert Wayne ....  master electrician (uncredited)  
Phil Whitman ....  assistant camera (uncredited)  
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Burns ....  wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)  
Robert Fairbanks ....  technical director  
Edward Knoblock ....  technical advisor  
Arthur Woods ....  researcher  
Arthur Woods ....  technical advisor  
Edward Knoblock ....  consultant (uncredited)  
Harold MacChesney ....  technical crew (uncredited)  
Clinton Newman ....  technical crew (uncredited)  
Walter Pallman ....  technical crew (uncredited)  
J.C. Watson ....  technical crew (uncredited)  

Length: 12 Reels
Runtime: 155 Minutes
Released: March 23, 1924
~Promotional Portrait of Julanne Johnston~
Pickford-Fairbanks Studios located at the corner Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue, showing
the amazing set for THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.