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The Sheik (1921)

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

Director:

George Melford

Writers:

Edith Maude Hull (from the novel by) (as Edith M. Hull), Monte M. Katterjohn (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rudolph Valentino ... The Sheik - Ahmed Ben Hassan
Agnes Ayres ... Lady Diana Mayo
Ruth Miller Ruth Miller ... Zilah - A Marriage Market Prospect
George Waggner George Waggner ... Yousaef - Tribal Chieftain (as George Waggener)
Frank Butler Frank Butler ... Sir Aubrey Mayo
Charles Brinley ... Mustapha Ali - Diana's Guide (as Charles Brindley)
Lucien Littlefield ... Gaston - French Valet
Adolphe Menjou ... Dr. Raoul de St. Hubert
Walter Long ... Omair - the Bandit
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A flaming romance of desert love! Flinging away the trappings of civilization! Leaving the "lady" only a woman, the "gentleman" only a man. (Print Ad-The Milwaukee Sentinel,((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 30 November 1921) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sheik See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Despite playing the title character, Rudolph Valentino was billed under Agnes Ayres in the original film release and advertising. See more »

Quotes

Ahmed: When an Arab sees a woman that he wants, he takes her.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on American Movie Classics had a soundtrack of original music composed and performed by Roger Bellon. The running time was 80 minutes. See more »

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Spoofed in Adam and the Ants: Prince Charming (1981) See more »

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A Romantic Arabia
25 July 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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

On the one hand, this film is interesting in its depiction of "Arabia" because it was probably one of the first, and makes it a rather romantic setting. Today, we tend to think only of war and strife.

But also, this is no all-happy romance. In the novel, Sheik Ahmed sexually assaults Lady Diana; in the film, the assault is only suggested as a curtain closes on Sheik Ahmed and Lady Diana before there is any physical contact between the two, but this is still questionable subject matter for the time. George Melford said, "We have handled the frank scenes in 'The Sheik' so delicately that I think the censors will be the only disappointed reviewers." Today (2016), this film is probably the one that Rudolph Valentino is best known for, though more people probably know him for appearing in a lyric from "Manic Monday"!


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