Cinema: The New Pictures Mar. 31, 1924

The Thief of Bagdad. Going through miles and miles of glowing pictures in an art museum gets to be rather wearisome, unless someone is thrown out of the galleries. So boredom sets in eventually as Douglas Fairbanks takes one on a personally conducted tour of ancient Bagdad, without any really stirring grand larceny, although he plays a thief. It is like reading the Arabian Nights at one sitting, with only six minutes allowed to stretch the limbs and get the contrast of a workaday world.

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