Search This Blog

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sinbad The Sailor (1947)

For the first time, Sinbad (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) reveals the tale of his eighth voyage. Discovering an abandoned ship with a poisoned crew, Sinbad finds a map to the lost treasure of Alexander The Great on the fabled island of Deryabar. But there are others, who will stop at nothing, to get possession of that map. Whether intentional or not, the presence of Fairbanks Jr. in the title role seems a homage to his father Fairbanks Sr., the star of such silent swashbucklers as THIEF OF BAGHDAD and THE BLACK PIRATE. He brings the appropriate panache to the role though it's obvious, unlike his father, that he doesn't do his own stunts. There's too much chatter and not enough swash and though everyone tries hard, there doesn't seem to be a genuine affection for the genre. On the plus side, the three strip Technicolor is gorgeous which benefits its leading lady Maureen O'Hara, often called the "Queen of Technicolor", greatly and Walter Slezak gives a sly performance as a seemingly humble barber. Directed by Richard Wallace. With Anthony Quinn, Jane Greer, George Tobias, Sheldon Leonard, Mike Mazurki and Alan Napier.

No comments:

Post a Comment