The Thief of Bagdad
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 18, 1924
DVD Release Date: January 7, 1998
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It requires some viewing commitment, but this beautifully assembled showcase for Douglas Fairbanks' acting offers some splendid treats for classic film fans.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Deliriously hokey and captivating.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Walsh's dynamism is evident in every frame of this deftly Americanized fantasy, beautifully designed by William Cameron Menzies.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Technology may have changed drastically in the nearly 90 years since this movie was produced, but some things never go out of style.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is an entrancing picture, wholesome and beautiful, deliberate but compelling, a feat of motion picture art which has never been equaled and one which itself will enthrall persons time and again.

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Geoff Brown
Time Out

Korda's version of 1940 has the quirks and the luscious colour, but this one has the electric energy.

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

Whether committing petty crimes or proving his worth against a series of terrifying beasts... Fairbanks oozes preposterous, child-like charisma.

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TIME Magazine

It is like reading the Arabian Nights at one sitting, with only six minutes allowed to stretch the limbs and get the contrast of a workaday world.

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Fernando F. Croce

One marvel after another

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

A grinning, bare-chested Douglas Fairbanks shimmies up a rope and enters a room in the palace, intending to steal a casket of baubles. Instead, his eyes fall on Princess Julanne Johnston... Of such things movie myths are made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Borrowing extensively from ballet this masterpiece tells its story as if you were at the back of a theater and unable to hear the actors on the stage (and yet… More
Pierluigi Puccini
My favorite version of the Arabian nights tale is this wonderful, timeless epic fantasy with a great acrobatic performance by Douglas Fairbanks. magical ride… More
Aj V
The first half of the movie is a predictable romantic comedy type story, but it changes in the middle and gets exciting as the thief goes on an epic adventure… More
Eric Broome
This 2.5-hour epic is still dazzling entertainment, despite a dated touch of anti-Asian racism. Douglas Fairbanks is a bit over the top with all his macho… More
Veronique Kwak
silent "thief of bagdad" is raoul walsh's lush classic with original swashbuckler douglas fairbanks in the imaginatively turbulent exotic land of… More
Byron Brubaker
A few steps removed from the 1940s version, and so not the same story as Aladdin, but similar. An exotic spectacular. During the silent era filmmakers seemed to… More