The Thief of Bagdad
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Also known as Der Dieb von Bagdad in Germany
B&W : Twelve reels
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Cast: Douglas Fairbanks [the thief], Julanne Johnston [the princess], Snitz Edwards [the thief’s sidekick], Anna May Wong [the Mongol slave], Sojin (Sojin Kamiyama) [Khan, the Mongol prince], Charles Belcher [the holy man], Brandon Hurst [the caliph], Winter-Blossom [the slave of the lute], Etta Lee [the slave of the sand board], Tote Du Crow [the soothsayer], K.I. Nambu [Khan’s counselor], Sadakichi Hartmann [Khan’s court magician], Noble Johnson [the Indian prince], Mathilde Comont [the Persian prince], Charles Stevens [the Persian prince’s awaker], Sam Baker [the sworder], Jess Weldon [a eunuch], Scotty Mattraw [a eunuch], Charles Sylvester [a eunuch], the Duke of Ducal
Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corporation production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by Douglas Fairbanks. Scenario by Elton Thomas (Douglas Fairbanks), from a screen story by Elton Thomas (Douglas Fairbanks). Scenario editor, Lotta Woods. Research direction by Arthur Woods. Production manager, Theodore Reed. Consultant, Edward Knoblock. Production design by William Cameron Menzies. Consulting art director, Irvin J. Martin. Associate artists, Anton Grot, Paul Youngblood, H.R. Hopps, Harold W. Grieve, Park French, William Utwich and Edward M. Langley. Costume design by Mitchell Leisen. Wardrobe master, Paul Burns. Hair dresser, Paul Burns. Assistant director, James T. O’Donohoe. Special effects by Hampton Del Ruth. Technical director, Robert Fairbanks. Director of mechanical effects, Hampton Del Ruth. Electrician, Albert Wayne. Technicians, Howard MacChesney, Clinton Newman, Walter Pallman and J.C. Watson [?] (Coy Watson Sr.)?. Cinematography by Arthur Edeson. Assistant cameramen, P.H. Whitman and Kenneth MacLean. Stills photography by Clinton Newman, Walter Pallman, J.C. Watson and Charles Warrington. Edited by William Nolan. Original music score by Mortimer Wilson. / © 23 March 1924 by Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corporation [LP20112]. General release, 25 December 1924. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Wong was 18 years old when this film was shot. The prerelease edited length was 12,933 feet in 14 reels.
Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: Cohen Media Group.
Keywords: Crime: Theft - Criminals: Thieves - Royalty: Princesses - Weapons: Daggars
Listing updated: 24 September 2013.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Bardèche-History pp. 286, 291; Bogdanovich-Dwan p. 57; Bohn-Light p. 81; Brownlow-Parade pp. 36, 248; Carroll-Matinee p. 105; Cooper-Dark pp. 114, 184f, 202, 207, 210, 212, 220; Dardis-Keaton p. 105; Everson-American pp. 124, 246p, 283-284, 304-305; Eyman-Pickford p. 4; Geduld-Birth p. 38; Jensen-Lang pp. 24, 27; Kerr-Silent pp. 8, 36; Kobal-Fifty p. 27; Lahue-Gentlemen pp. 83, 88; Leish-Cinema pp. 55, 57; Limbacher-Feature p. 247; Maltin-Guide p. 1286; Mandelbaum-Screen p. 165; Shipman-Cinema p. 84; Sinyard-Silent pp. 142, 143, 145, 185; Sklar-Movie p. 99; Smith-Colman p. 255; Sweeney-Coming p. 72; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 93-97, 255; Webb-Hollywood pp. 86, 87; Youngblood-Soviet pp. 56, 57 : AmerCine-199510 pp. 99, 101; ClasIm-224 p. 55.
Home video: DVD.