Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

IMDb plot summary: A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Starring Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edward, Julanne Johnston, and Sôjin Kamiyama.

Silent movies are tough for me to get into a lot of the time, but I had so much fun with this movie. It's a delightful little adventure with lots of humor, a fun main character, and some very impressive special effects for the 1920s. It is a little long, but for the most part it keeps the pace going without too many lulls in the action. I haven't seen Douglas Fairbanks in anything before, and I thought he was a captivating leading man, really imbuing his character with LOTS of personality. Definitely an enjoyable watch.

3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #635 out of 2201, below The Help and above Ninotchka.

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