I am still having writer’s block, If you are wondering why their has been a lock of new posts. Anyway, besides that, tonight at 8/7 p.m. central on “Turner Classic Movies”, SNL comedian Bill Hader will introduce “The Thief of Bagdad” from 1940. Compared to the 1924 version with Douglas Fairbanks, this one feels occasionally spotty. Nonetheless, Alexander Korda, one of the most successful film producer’s of Britain (though he is Hungarian) was the producer. Also, one of the directors behind it was the highly celebrated Michael Powell (The Red Shoes). The use of Technicolor is marvelous and it does offer plenty of excitement. One of my favorite characters in the film is the genie (memorably played by Rex Ingram). When you watch this film, you might not be surprised to learn that it was one of the influences behind the 1992 Disney animated version of Aladdin. Take a magic carpet ride tonight with The Thief of Bagdad.