“I’m the biggest fraud in the Islamic world! I’m Sinbad the Sailor!” exclaims that titular hero, portrayed as a laughing, silver-tonged rogue by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. He channels his father in the theatrical, gestural nature of his performance but less so when the film cuts to an obvious stunt double during leaps and somersaults. This RKO production is notable for two other qualities. One is the shocking color, which makes every moment a voluptuous dream. For once, the trailer’s hype is correct to herald a “Technicolor spectacle of dazzling splendor”. The other is John Twist’s elaborate dialogue, which sounds like it’s reaching for Shakespeare via baroque orientalism. In other words, this is a gloriously stylized movie, down to the painted backdrops and model ships.