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Kerim, Son of the Sheik (1962)

Il figlio dello sceicco (original title)
In the Middle East, circa 1860s, the evil Omar seeks to become Khadive by killing off his adversaries and by marrying the reluctant Fawzia, favorite niece of the current Khadive. (After ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Cristina Gaioni ...
Fawzia (as Cristina Gajoni)
Moira Orfei ...
Alberto Farnese ...
Jany Clair ...
Imprisoned woman
Maria Grazia Spina ...
Laila (as Grazia Maria Spina)
Nando Tamberlani ...
Luciano Benetti ...
Principe Ahmed
Nando Angelini ...
Lulla Selli ...


In the Middle East, circa 1860s, the evil Omar seeks to become Khadive by killing off his adversaries and by marrying the reluctant Fawzia, favorite niece of the current Khadive. (After marrying Fawzia, he plans to eliminate her so he can then marry his own choice, the ruthless Zahira.) Omar's brutal policies result in the death of a young woman named Laila. Laila's brother, Kerim, then becomes Omar's sworn enemy. Now known as "the Black Shiek," Kerim becomes a Robin Hood of the desert, rallying various tribes in a revolt against Omar. In the process Kerim meets and falls in love with Fawzia who eventually comes to share his feelings. In disguise, Kerim infiltrates Omar's headquarters but is discovered, imprisoned -- along with Fawzia and her father, Mansur -- and flogged. A sympathetic slave girl named Selima rides and informs Prince Ahmed who comes to Kerim's rescue. In a hand-to-hand duel, Kerim kills Omar. Then Kerim and Fawzia ride off together into the desert. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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29 June 1962 (Italy)  »

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When Gordon agreed to film Kerim with Italian actors & crew in Egypt he was also set to appear in an Egyptian version of the same film, the Italian or European cast and part of the crew replaced with an Egyptian cast of actors while Gordon remained and re-shot the same scenes with the second set of actors. See more »


Though Gordon Scott receives at least 18 lashes while being flogged in the dungeon, his back only shows a few bloodless welts which never increase in number. See more »


Zahira: Wait a minute. I think I know a better way to make him talk.
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KERIM, SON OF THE SHEIK (Mario Costa, 1962) **
25 April 2011 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This has obviously no relation to Rudolph Valentino's 1926 swan-song nor, for that matter, the 1977 modern-day comedy starring Tomas Milian. The peplum under review marks the momentous (but curiously unexploited) teaming of two genre stalwarts: Gordon Scott as the titular figure (later assuming the Robin Hood-like guise of "The Black Sheik"!) and Gordon Mitchell as a mercenary employed by the villain but who expires after just one brief skirmish! Also on hand is Moira Orfei (who similarly flourished during the form's heyday) as, typically, an evil mistress of the obligatory usurping potentate.

The result is an unassuming film with no outstanding merit…except that it is perhaps the most impersonally-directed such effort I have ever watched: in fact, there is barely any close-up throughout and, what is worse, an awful lot of the running-time is taken up by repetitive footage of riders traveling aimlessly across the desert (and which, for all I know, may have been stock footage anyway)!! Just as amusingly, the chief baddie turns up with his men at the camp of a neighboring tribe (led by Scott's father and currently being entertained by his own daughter's dancing!) – where the initial greeting and any thoughts of an amicable visit are instantly dispelled by the order to assault and decimate the gathering…and himself unceremoniously making off with the hero's sister, unwisely incurring the latter's inevitable wrath in the process (with the two ultimately facing-off in single combat on the sand dunes)!

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