Main      Site Guide    
At-A-Glance Film Reviews

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)



Reviews and Comments

In a rare cinematic phenomenon, this 1940 remake of the great classic silent The Thief of Bagdad turned out to be superior to the original. An early color film, this is the definitive Arabian Nights tale, chock full to the brim with turbans, sorcery, forbidden love, chases, flying carpets, genies, monsters, swashbucklers, galleons, thieves, smiles, prisons, swords, toys, betrayals, kinship, sand, horses, heists, storms, and the pursuit of happiness. There's a love story out of a fairy tale, and a cool-headed, cold-hearted villain. Binding it all together is a buoyant spirit and a celebration of myth that makes this one of the most delightful fantasy films of all time.

Other Versions