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The Sheik Steps Out (1937)

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



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Cast overview:
Ahmed Ben Nesib
Lola Lane ...
Phyllis 'Flip' Murdock
Samuel P. Murdock
Kathleen Burke ...
Gloria Parker
Stanley Fields ...
Abu Saal
Charlotte Treadway ...
Polly Parker
Robert Coote ...
Lord Eustace Byington
Leonid Kinskey ...
Allusi Ali
Georges Renavent ...
Count Mario
Jamiel Hasson ...
C. Montague Shaw ...
Dr. Peabody, Minister
George Sorel ...
Lt. Bordeaux


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

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6 September 1937 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Fast paced take-off of one of Novarro's films
20 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a take-off of sorts on an earlier Arabian film that Novarro did, The Barbiarian. Both plots are the same: A Shiek pretends to be a commoner and falls in love with an American and kidnaps her. The only difference with this one is that he kidnaps her to teach her a lesson.

Lola Lane plays Phyllis "Flip" Murdock, the spoiled daughter of corkscrew magnate Sam Murdock (Gene Lockhart). Flip has come to Arabia to meet with Shiek Ahmed, from whom she wants to buy an Arabia horse from. She thinks that the Shiek is an old man and through a mix-up by her father thinks that Ahmed is a tour guide. Ahmed decides to teach her a lesson in respect by having her kidnapped and he rescues her by "marrying" her. After the "marriage", she takes Ahmed's horse and hers and rides back to the hotel. She later finds out that he was the Shiek and leaves to go to Paris to marry her rather stuffy boyfriend. As they are to be married, Ahmed comes and shows the minister that he is actually her husband and he is in fact a Spanish Count who was adopted by a Shiek. She is happy to see him again and begins wedded bliss.

I saw the cut copy of this and am hoping that TCM will show the uncut version because the one I saw is all too obviously chopped up in parts.

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