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The silent adventure 'The Thief of Bagdad' turns 90 today

'The Thief of Bagdad' movie poster
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Today mark's the 90th anniversary of the world premiere of the Douglas Fairbanks silent movie, "The Thief of Bagdad." On this day in 1924, the Raoul Walsh movie was released.

"The Thief of Bagdad," is a loosely adaptation of "One Thousand Nights." In the film a thief (Fairbanks) falls in love with the daughter of the Caliph of Baghdad. Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, and Anna May Wong starred in this silent adventure film.

In 1996, the film was selected for the National Film Registry and it's said that this was one of Fairbanks favorite movies. The movie was also remade in 1940 with actors Sabu, John Justin, June Duprez, and Conrad Veidt.

For those who want to celebrate this anniversary, Netflix has the movie available for streaming. so for users of the site, can watch it. "The Thief of Bagdad" is definitely a great movie to share with the whole family and one to get the whole family into watching silent movies.

For those who want to buy a copy, Kino Lorber released a restored DVD copy. Some of the special features have an introduction by Orson Welles, rare special effects footage, and other very interesting things.

So today Raoul Walsh's silent film turns 90! A film that is still enthralls audiences.

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