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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... The Sheik - Ahmed Ben Hassan
... Lady Diana Mayo
Ruth Miller ... Zilah - A Marriage Market Prospect
George Waggner ... Yousaef - Tribal Chieftain (as George Waggener)
Frank Butler ... Sir Aubrey Mayo
... Mustapha Ali - Diana's Guide (as Charles Brindley)
... Gaston - French Valet
... Dr. Raoul de St. Hubert
... 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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20 November 1921 (USA)  »

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O Sheik  »

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The Sheik, we are told, is half English and half Spanish and is not an Arab at all. See more »

Quotes

Ahmed: I am not accustomed to having my orders disobeyed.
Lady Diane: And I am not accustomed to obeying orders.
Ahmed: You will learn!
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Referenced in The Steagle (1971) See more »

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Beautiful Valentino Film
22 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is not only the flagship of Valentino's film, capturing Valentino at his prime, it is the most beautifully photographed. The camera was stationary on the tripod for the filming of this jewel, so they could literally focus on everything else. The tinting added a hint of the time of day and visual contrast. By the time of The Son of Sheik ten years later, the cinematographer was expected to pan and move the camera and apparently this was so hard to do with the available equipment at the time that they lost control of the details of beautiful filming.

The inter-titles are also magnificent in this film.


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