The Thief of Bagdad Review

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A poor thief falls in love with the Caliph's daughter. He has only one chance to win her hand and that is by fulfilling her father's challenge to find the rarest thing of all.


Raoul Walsh’s direction fizzes with invention and William Cameron Menzies’ sets transport us to an enchanted neverland, but the imprint of Douglas Fairbanks is evident in every frame of this exhilarating adventure.

Grinning impishly, he has an energetic magnestism that few stars have since managed to recapture, every set-piece designed to showcase his swashbuckling prowess. Silent cinema at its most magical.

Douglas Fairbanks is magnetic in this fun early adventure.