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The Sheik Steps Out (1937)

Approved | | Musical | 6 September 1937 (USA)
In this comedy, a wealthy sheik kidnaps and falls for a snobby socialite.



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Cast overview:
Ahmed Ben Nesib
Phyllis 'Flip' Murdock
Samuel P. Murdock
Gloria Parker
Abu Saal
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Robert Coote ...
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Allusi Ali
Georges Renavent ...
Count Mario
Dr. Peabody - Minister
George Sorel ...
Lt. Bordeaux


In this comedy, a wealthy sheik kidnaps and falls for a snobby socialite.

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Once again he sings Pagan Love Songs as he woos and wins a lovely daughter of luxury. (Newspaper ad).








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6 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fehér sejk  »

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A low budget attempt to revive the career of former silent film star Novarro, this cast him in a role satirizing his former rival for the title of "Latin Lover", Rudolph Valentino. See more »


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"Now all I need is a snake, a pair of castanets, and a wiggle."
6 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Odd little film that stars Ramon Novarro in his first outing after a couple of flops and his MGM contract had collapsed. This film for Republic is only 60 minutes or so in length. His last film had been released in 1935 and he was attempting a comeback, but this project seems an odd choice. He plays a desert sheik who masquerades as a porter for a wealthy American (Gene Lockhart) in order to get close to his heiress daughter (Lola Lane). Away in the desert, he drops the disguise, but she escapes and they end up in a remote town where they get married (Arab style). Viewing herself in her getup, Lane utters the only memorable line in the film: "Now all I need is a snake, a pair of castanets, and a wiggle." Of course she is an heiress of the wisecracking variety. Film ends on a happy note when, as usual, the sheik turns out to really be a Spaniard (or whatever) who simply loves living in the desert. This one did nothing to revitalize Novarro's starring career, but didn't seem to hurt the ascendant Lane who had two hits in 1937: Hollywood HOTEL and MARKED WOMAN and was soon to have her biggest hits in Warners FOUR DAUGHTERS series. Treadway.

Worth a look.

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