The Thief of Bagdad

24 May

May 23, 1938

Sidney Skolsky
Hollywood Citizen News

The Warners, because of the success Robin Hood, are trying to buy The Thief of Bagdad, another Douglas Fairbanks hit, for Errol Flynn.

— Tim


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  1. Karl

    May 24, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    As Doug Jr once observed, Sr’s most ambitious undertaking of his career. To flesh that statement out a bit more (from wiki):

    Fairbanks sought to make an epic.[6] Lavishly staged on a Hollywood studio set, at a reputed cost of $1,135,654.65,[12] The Thief of Bagdad was one of the most expensive films of the 1920s. Art director William Cameron Menzies was largely responsible for the production design, closely following the requirements laid down by Fairbanks, who acted as writer, producer and star. Fairbanks’ meticulous attention to detail,[13] as well as a complex visual imagery, required the use of state-of-the-art special effects, featuring a magic rope, a flying horse, a flying carpet and full-scale palace sets.[6]

    (A Flynnian aside- Sadakichi Hartman, of Bundy Drive Boys notoriety, had a walk on.)

    And given the theme of what would have been “returning” had Flynn undertaken this GREAT adventure, the director AGAIN (no doubt) would have been Raoul Walsh!