Posters for The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Detail from the Spanish 1978 re-release poster

This British Technicolor fantasy film was produced by Alexander Korda, boasts great production design and it stars Sabu!

The sequence I like most in this magical movie is Abu’s (Sabu) mission to steal the All-Seeing Eye jewel in the Temple of the Goddess of Light. He has to deal with arrow-firing green-skinned men, he has to scale a giant statue, fight a giant spider on its web and make sure he doesn’t fall into a pool of giant octopi. The design of the temple is wonderful.

Giant spider!
Giant spider!
The Temple of the Goddess of Light
The Temple of the Goddess of Light
Sabu on his quest to attain the All-Seeing Eye
Abu on his quest to attain the All-Seeing Eye
Watch out, Abu: there are octopi at the bottom of the pit!
Watch out, Abu: there are octopi at the bottom of the pit!

The movie also has a great score by Miklós Rózsa (who also did the music for THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD), a memorable genie (Rex Ingram) and a fine villain: the cunning Jaffar, played by Conrad Veidt.

A massive genie's foot!
A massive genie’s foot!

Here are just some of the posters that have been produced for this film. Get ready for lots of renditions of Sabu astride a flying carpet and giant, laughing genies!

Enjoy…

US one sheet
US one sheet
French poster
French poster: really colourful!
Italian poster
Italian poster
Spanish poster
Spanish poster
Poster from Argentina
Poster from Argentina
Australian one sheet poster
Australian one sheet poster
German A1 poster
German A1 poster
French poster
French poster
US one sheet 1970s re-release poster
US one sheet 1970s re-release poster
Russian B1 poster from 1954
Russian B1 poster from 1954
Egyptian 1960s re-release poster
Egyptian 1960s re-release poster
Italian poster: love the mad look in Conrad Veidt's eyes!
Italian poster: I love the mad look in Conrad Veidt’s eyes!
US half sheet poster
US half sheet poster
UK poster
US Kino International 1978 re-release one sheet poster
US Kino International 1978 re-release one sheet poster
Yugoslavian poster
Yugoslavian poster
East German poster
East German poster
Mexican poster
Mexican poster
Italian poster
German poster
German poster
Yugoslavian B2 poster
Yugoslavian B2 poster
Danish poster: this one's a fun take on the subject matter
Danish poster: this one’s a fun take on the subject matter
Algerian poster
Algerian poster
US 1947 re-release poster
US 1947 re-release poster
Italian poster - art by Anselmo Ballester
Italian poster – art by Anselmo Ballester
Early UK poster for the film
Early UK poster for the film
Spanish 1978 re-release poster: lovely!
Spanish 1978 re-release poster: lovely!
French poster
French poster
Spanish one sheet
Spanish one sheet
Belgian poster
Belgian poster
Danish poster
Danish poster
Japanese poster
Japanese poster
Italian insert poster
Italian insert poster

Some lobby cards…

Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Italian lobby card
Italian lobby card

Some DVD and Blu-ray covers…

The Criterion Collection DVD cover
The Criterion Collection DVD cover
Spanish DVD cover
Spanish DVD cover
UK Blu-ray cover
UK Blu-ray cover
German Blu-ray cover
German Blu-ray cover
Spanish Blu-ray cover
Spanish Blu-ray cover
UK DVD cover
UK DVD cover

Finally, some assorted bits and pieces…

1940 Danish movie program
1940 Danish movie program
Pressbook
Pressbook
Movie ad. I really like the angle the illustrator chose to depict the genie from: dynamic!
Movie ad. I really like the angle the illustrator chose to depict the genie from: dynamic stuff!
Another movie ad
Another movie ad

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