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Directed by: Richard Wallace

Produced: 1947

Countries & Regions: United States

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Certificate: PG

Studio: Screenbound

Length: 116 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 0

Released: 23 August 2010

Cat No: ODNF208

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Sinbad the Sailor

Cast: Maureen O Hara , Jane Greer , Anthony Quinn , Douglas Fairbanks Jr. , George Tobias , Walter Slezak , Douglas Fairbanks Jr

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Classic adventure film starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Maureen O’Hara. Sinbad the Sailor (Fairbanks Jr.) and his friend, Abbu (George... Read More

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Classic adventure film starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Maureen O’Hara. Sinbad the Sailor (Fairbanks Jr.) and his friend, Abbu (George Tobias), are in search of Alexander the Great’s hidden treasure on a tropical island. In the process, they save an abandoned boat, make acquaintances with Shireen (O’Hara), with whom Sinbad falls in love, and compete with rivals, Emir (Anthony Quinn) and Melik (Walter Slezak), who are also seeking the treasure.

Fans of lusty adventure, rejoice; Sinbad the Sailor is Hollywood adventure at (very nearly) its finest, a cavalcade of whirling blades, acrobatic stunts and thigh-slapping bravado. There's even a plot – something about the lost treasure of Alexander the Great – to join the dots together, for those that like that sort of thing.

 

This is how the dream factory used to do it, in the days before action films became soulless exercises in technology. Indeed, the old-skool movie magic is one of Sinbad the Sailor's greatest charms, building a gloriously fake world out of matte paintings and lurid Technicolor that's much more vivid than today's photo realism and CGI.

 

Above all, it is a film told with delight. Richard Wallace is an uncelebrated director but invests the film with terrific brio while Fairbanks Jr (a chip of the old block if ever there was one) pinballs around the sets, never dropping his infectious grin whether he be wooing maidens or outsmarting villains.

 

Doubtless there are 'better' films released this month but none which are as much fun.

Another long hard-to-see film is resurrected by the enterprising team at Odeon. Here, Douglas Fairbanks Jr steps into his father's swashbuckling shoes in a Technicolor Arabian nights romp that may be stronger on characterisation and double-cross than supernatural action (those expecting Ray Harryhausen-style animated monsters should look to Ray Harryhausen), but the casting is top notch: Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn (villainous as he always was at this early stage of his career) and Walter Slezak. The print used here is splendid, with colour values rich and full.

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