The Thief of Bagdad

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The Thief of Bagdad is a 1924 silent movie. It was directed by Raoul Walsh. It stars Douglas Fairbanks. The plot was adapted from One Thousand and One Nights. The movie is about a thief who falls in love with the daughter of the Caliph of Baghdad. Fairbanks was very athletic. This movie provided many moments for gymnastics.[1] The movie was Fairbanks's favorite among all his movies.

Thief gave Fairbanks a new direction. He was a comedy star, but after this movie he became a "swashbuckler". The movie had many special effects such as flying carpets and monsters and magical Djinn. The Arabian-style set was huge. The movie was remade twice: once in 1940 with Sabu and then in 1961 with Steve Reeves. The Fairbanks version was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1996.[2]

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  • Whitford, Eileen. 2007. Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0813191799.

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