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Friedrich Freksa (pantomime)
Hanns Kräly (scenario)
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25 September 1921 (USA) See more »
Pola Negri As the Wild Desert dancer (1921 One Arabian Night poster) See more »
The favorite slave girl of a tyrannical sheik falls in love with a cloth merchant. Meanwhile, a hunchback clown suffers unrequited love for a traveling dancer who wants to join the harem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ernst Lubitsch ... Yeggar - the Hunchback

Pola Negri ... Yannaia - a Dancer

Paul Wegener ... Der alte Scheich
Jenny Hasselqvist ... Sumurun
Aud Egede-Nissen ... Haidee

Harry Liedtke ... Nur-Al Din
Carl Clewing ... Der junge Scheich
Margarete Kupfer ... Alte Frau
Jakob Tiedtke ... Head Eunuch
Max Kronert ... Muffti, 1st Servant of Nur-al-Djin
Paul Biensfeldt ... Achmed, the Slave Trader
Paul Graetz ... Pufti, 2nd Servant of Nur-al-Djin

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Friedrich Freksa  pantomime
Hanns Kräly  scenario
Ernst Lubitsch  scenario
Richard Rieß  book

Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender 
Victor Hollaender 
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Kurt Waschneck 
Art Direction by
Ernö Metzner 
Kurt Richter 
Costume Design by
Ali Hubert 

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Hong Kong:115 min | USA:85 min | 103 min (Kino Print)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Germany:6 (DVD rating) | USA:Not Rated

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
One Arabian Night Tale, 18 December 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Orient, a troupe arrives in a village and the hunchback Yeggar (Ernst Lubitsch) is in love with the dancer Yannaia (Pola Negri), who is desired by every men. However, Yannaia has been invited by the slave trader Achmed (Paul Biensfeldt) and is enthusiastic to join the harem of the cruel and tyrannical Old Sheik (Paul Wegener). But when the Young Sheik (Carl Clewing) sees Yannaia, he also desires her and allows the troupe to exhibit in the streets of his village.

Meanwhile, the favorite concubine of the Old Sheik, Sumurun (Jenny Hasseqvist), and the cloth merchant Nur-al Din (Harry Liedtke) are in love with each other. However, the Old Sheik mistakenly believes that the Young Sheik desires her and he decides to punish Sumurun. However, the harem decides to help her to be with her beloved Nur-al Din.

"Sumurun" is one Arabian Night tale divided in six acts with a story of passion, desire, love and jealousy. The story blends drama and romance and fans like me of silent movies will certainly enjoy this film like I did. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Sumurun"

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