Sinbad the Sailor in the 20th Century

Sinbad the Sailor is a fictional mariner and the hero of a story-cycle of Middle Eastern origin. He is described as hailing from Baghdad during the early Abbasid Caliphate (8th and 9th centuries CE). In the course of seven voyages throughout the seas east of Africa and south of Asia, he has fantastic adventures in magical realms, encountering monsters and witnessing supernatural phenomena.


Sinbad the Sailor (1947)

Sinbad the Sailor is an American Technicolor fantasy film from RKO Pictures telling the tale of the “eighth” voyage of Sinbad, wherein he discovers the lost treasure of Alexander the Great.

BRAVE in Adventure! BOLD in Love!

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First shown on British television: BBC 1, December 28, 1978, at 1.50pm [BBC Genome*]

Notable Cast

  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr – “Sinbad”
  • Maureen O’Hara – “Shireen”
  • Anthony Quinn – “Emir”
  • Alan Napier – “Aga”

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Son of Sinbad (1955)

Son of Sinbad is an American film which takes place in the Middle East and consists of a wide variety of characters including over 127 women.

Initially, the film was shot in 1953 and planned to be released in 3D. Because of difficulties with the Motion Picture Production Code, studio mogul Howard Hughes shelved the film until 1955, when it was converted to the Tushinsky SuperScope process, in 2-D (flat).

LOVER…ROVER…WARRIOR BOLD!

The picture of a thousand thrills and delights…from battlefield to boudoir!

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Notable Cast

  • Dale Robertson – “Sinbad”
  • Vincent Price – “Omar Khayamm”

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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a Technicolor heroic fantasy adventure film from Columbia Pictures, the first three Sinbad feature films from the studio. The later two from being The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). All three Sinbad films were conceptualised by Ray Harryhausen using Dynamation, the full colour widescreen stop-motion animation technique that he created.

While similarly named, the film does not follow the storyline of the tale “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor” but instead has more in common with the Third and Fifth voyages of Sinbad.

The sheer magic of DYNARAMA now recreates the most spectacular adventures ever filmed!

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Released in British cinemas: January 18, 1959 [IMDb]

First shown on British television: BBC 1, December 26, 1965, at 3.15pm [BBC Genome*]

Notable Cast

  • Kerwin Mathews – “Sinbad”
  • Torin Thatcher – “Sokurah”
  • Danny Green – “Karim”

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The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a fantasy film featuring stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. It is the second of three Sinbad films released by Columbia Pictures, the others being The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).

Sinbad battles the creatures of legend in the miracle of Dynarama

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Released in British cinemas: January 25, 1974 [IMDb]

Notable Cast

  • John Phillip Law – “Sinbad”
  • Tom Baker – “Prince Koura”
  • Caroline Munro – “Margiana”
  • Douglas Wilmer – “Grand Vizier of Marabia”
  • Martin Shaw – “Rashid”
  • Robert Shaw – “Oracle of All Knowledge” (uncredited)

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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is a fantasy film directed by Sam Wanamaker and featuring stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. It is the third and final Sinbad film released by Columbia Pictures.

Sinbad! The greatest of all adventurers in his biggest adventure of all!

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Released in British cinemas: July 14, 1977 [IMDb]

Notable Cast

  • Patrick Wayne – “Sinbad”
  • Jane Seymour – “Farah”
  • Patrick Troughton – “Melanthius”
  • Nadim Sawalha – “Hassan”

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