The Thief of Bagdad (1924 film)  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Thief of Bagdad is a 1924 American swashbuckler film directed by Raoul Walsh starring Douglas Fairbanks, which tells the story of a thief who falls in love with the daughter of the Caliph. In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The movie, strong on special effects of the period (flying carpet, magic urn and fearsome monsters) and featuring massive Arabian-style sets, also proved a stepping stone for a scantily-clad Anna May Wong, who portrayed a Mongol slave.

Fairbanks considered this to be his personal favorite of all of his films, according to his son. The film's use of imaginative gymnastics fit the athletic star, his "catlike, seemingly effortless" movements were as much dance as gymnastics. Along with his earlier Robin Hood (1922), the film marked Fairbanks's transformation from genial comedy to a career in "swashbuckling" roles.

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