The Thief of Bagdad

"GIGANTIC! The Wonder Picture of All Time!"

The Thief of Bagdad is fantasy action film from the U.K. that was written by Lajos Biro and Miles Malleson. Directed by Michael Powell, Tim Whelan and Ludwig Berger, the film includes in its cast Sabu, Conrad Veidt, June Duprez and John Justin. The story follows Ahmad (played by John Justin) as the inexperienced King of Bagdad. He has been convinced by the conniving Officer Grand Vizier, Jaffar (played by Conrad Veidt) that going out into the public in a poor man disguise would be good to get to know the subjects.

As a result, Jaffar has Ahmad thrown down into a deep, dark dungeon along with a young thief named Abu (played by Sabu). Sabu arranges for their escape to Basra. There, Ahmad meets a beautiful Princess (played by June Duprez).

Jaffar also travels to Basra so that he can get the Princess all for himself. The Sultan, her father (played by Miles Malleson) becomes very fascinated with the flying mechanical horse that they are using, believing it to be magical. Jaffar is then offered and agrees to a proposed marriage. However, the Princess is very much in love with Ahmad. When she hears of the arranged marriage, she is devastated and runs away.

When confronted by Ahmad, Jaffar is able to use magic to blind him, turning Abu into a dog. It is only possible to break the spell if Jaffar is somehow able to hold the Princess in his arms.

The Princess is sold in a slave market as she was not recognized. Secretly, Jaffar has her taken to his castle. She falls into a coma and cannot be awakened. Jaffar’s servant tricks Ahmad into awakening the Princess.

Their servant lures the Princess onto Jaffar's boat, telling her a doctor is on board who can cure Ahmad of his blindness. The ship sets sail and the Princess allows herself to be embraced by Jaffar. He can see again and Abu is also returned to being human.

G
| 1940 | 1 hr 46 min | 7.5/10
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Michael Powell, William Cameron Menzies
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