Soft Cushions (1927)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This spoof of Doug Fairbanks' Thief of Bagdad amusingly combines traditional Arabian Nights melodrama with up-to-date "Roaring 20s" irreverence. Douglas MacLean stars as The Young Thief, who falls in love with The Girl, played by Sue Carol (later a powerful talent agent, as well as the wife of actor Alan Ladd). Alas, the Girl has been sold into the harem of The Wazir (Albert Prisco), forcing the Thief to sneak into the palace to rescue her. The film's highlight occurs when the Girl, fetchingly garbed in a brief harem costume, performs the "Black Bottom" at the behest of the Wazir to save the Thief from losing his head. Sporting a heavy black beard and a baleful expression, Boris Karloff shows up in the supporting cast as "The Chief Conspirator."

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decapitation, love, robbery, slavery