Thief of Bagdad, The (London 1940, Conrad Veidt, Sabu)

Poster for the movie "The Thief of Bagdad"
NR 106 min - Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy - 25 December 1940
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This retelling of tales from The Arabian Nights was one of Britain's biggest screen successes of the 1940s. Abu, a street urchin convicted of theft, is thrown into a Bagdad prison where he meets Prince Ahmad, the ruler of the realm who has been overthrown by his confederate, Jaffar. The two escape and flee to the city of Basra where they see a beautiful princess who captivates Ahmad's heart. Meanwhile, Jaffar schemes to abduct the princess and puts a curse on Abu and Ahmad.

The Thief of Bagdad was initially in the hands of only one director, Ludwig Berger, but eventually utilized the talents of six directors, including Tim Whelan and Michael Powell. Alexander Korda, the film's producer, along with his brother Vincent and art director William Cameron-Menzies, supervised scenes shot in the United States. Ironically, none of the scenes directed by Berger made the final cut.

Legendary Ealing comedy director Charles Crichton worked as an editor on the film.

Director:  Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies
Producer:  Alexander Korda
Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
Director of Photography:  Georges Périnal


Production Details

Production Companies:  London Film Productions

Release Date:  25 December 1940

Running Time:  1 h 46 min

Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country:   United Kingdom

Language:  English

Tagline: GIGANTIC! The Wonder Picture of All Time!

Budget and Box Office takings where known