Bagdad (film)

Bagdad is a 1949 Technicolor adventure film directed by Charles Lamont starring Maureen O'Hara, Paul Hubschmid, and Vincent Price.

Directed byCharles Lamont
Produced byRobert Arthur
Screenplay byRobert Hardy Andrews
Story byTamara Hovey
StarringMaureen O'Hara
Paul Hubschmid
Vincent Price
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byRussell Schoengarth
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 23, 1949 (1949-11-23) (United States)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.6 million[1]


It tells the story of a Bedouin princess (Maureen O'Hara) who returns to Baghdad after being educated in England. She finds that her father has been murdered by a group of renegades. She is hosted by the Pasha (Vincent Price), the corrupt representative of the national government. She is also courted by Prince Hassan (Paul Hubschmid), who is falsely accused of the murder. The plot revolves around her attempts to bring the killer to justice while being courted by the Pasha.[2][3][4]

The film was directed by Charles Lamont and included choreography by Lester Horton and Bella Lewitzky.



The film was originally meant to star Yvonne de Carlo.[5]

“All through one week’s filming in the blistering sun, take after take was being ruined by the inhuman howls of a lady camel,” wrote Vincent Price in his book The Book of Joe. “No one could make her stop, and the furious reprimand by the sound man to the animal owner brought out the news that the camel must have fallen in love with one of the cast. It couldn’t be anyone she was used to, because it had never happened before and the crew had been around the animals for a week before we arrived. Since there were only three men, including myself, in the company and lady camels fall only for human men, it must be one of us.” After the other two men were presented to the camel with no reaction. “...the moment I appeared the great lumpy beast gave forth with the most disturbing screams of passionate anguish. I was the object of her affection and also the friendly derision of the entire company, but the film was able to continue by eliminating this camel from any scene I was in.” [6]


  1. "Top Grossers of 1949". Variety. 4 January 1950. p. 59.
  2. "Bagdad(1949)". Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. "Bagdad:Overview". Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  4. "Bagdad (1949)". Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. MOVIELAND BRIEFS Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Apr 1949: B7.
  6. Price, Vincent. The Book of Joe. Doubleday and Company, Inc.: New York, 1961. P. 99.
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