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A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.

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The Sheik - Ahmed Ben Hassan
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Ruth Miller ...
Zilah - A Marriage Market Prospect
George Waggner ...
Yousaef - Tribal Chieftain (as George Waggener)
Frank Butler ...
Sir Aubrey Mayo
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Mustapha Ali - Diana's Guide (as Charles Brindley)
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Gaston - French Valet
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Dr. Raoul de St. Hubert
Walter Long ...
Omair - the Bandit
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Sheik Ahmed (Valentino) desperately desires fiesty British socialite Diana (Ayres), so he abducts her and carries her off to his luxurious desert tent-palace. The free-spirited Diana recoils from his passionate embraces and yearns to be released. Only after being kidnapped by desert bandits does Diana realize how much she has grown to love Ahmed, who comes to her rescue in the nick of time. Written by E. Beck

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A photoplay of tempestuous love between a madcap English beauty and a bronzed Arab chief!


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20 November 1921 (USA)  »

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Was partial inspiration for the naming of Hollywood High School's sports teams as "The Sheiks", a name which persists to this day (2008). See more »

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Ahmed: When an Arab sees a woman he wants, he takes her.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

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Libido of Arabia
31 December 2004 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

A significant milestone in movie history and therefore should be watched as such. Viewed only by today's standards it's pretty corny and contrived, chock full of insinuated or probably insulting stereotypes, and also suffered that most terrible of happenings: the sequel was much better!

I last saw it as a teenager in 1975; all I could remember of it was chuckling at the implied strength of Ahmed's tent withstanding the sandstorm. Or of course, Diana's iron will in withstanding Ahmed's potential sexual advances. But that was the discipline that came with being white - if he had been a true Arab, well ... As usual back then, Blood is thicker than education.

Seen again, it's a reasonably well produced romantic action film, which carries you along (if you let it) to the corny and contrived ending. I may sound a bit too sarcastic, but I assure all that I thoroughly enjoyed The Sheik and thus recommend it, only don't take it too seriously.

Was Menjou on a diet in '21? I don't remember him skinnier than in this!


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