Men and women, fathers and children. Ahmed, son of Diana and Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl who fronts her father's gang of mountebanks. Among the cutthroats is Ghobah, a villainous Moor to whom Yasmin is promised. In ruins near Touggourt, the city where Yasmin dances, she and Ahmed meet secretly until one night when her father and the gang capture the son of the sheik, torture him, and hold him for ransom. Will Ahmed believe that Yasmin set him up for capture? Even if true love finds a way through webs of deceit, what will the vigorous and imposing sheik say about his son consorting with a dancing girl?Written by
This film was not only one of the first "sequels" ever made, it was also one of the first films to come out after its star's death--Rudolph Valentino had unexpectedly died from peritonitis at the age of 31 on August 23, 1926, less than two weeks before this film went into release. See more »
The opening credits show "COPYRIGHT MCMXXXVII" (1937) even though the film was released in 1926. See more »
Yasmin, no other man shall have you. Why waste your life in futile love - that I destroy so easily?
[as Ramadan, nearby, secretly overhears him]
It was I who poisoned the mind of young Ahmed against you - saying you betrayed him to us.
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In 1937, Artcinema Associates re-released a version of this movie with a soundtrack written by Artur Guttmann and Gerard Carbonara. Scenes were probably cut to conform to the production code, then rigorously enforced. See more »
I only just watched 'Son of the Sheik' on dvd last night and was amazed at the textures of cinematography and the natural un-histrionic flow of the performances. While it may not be very profound or innovative, it never set out to be, and it is a far better flick than I expected, very rounded and organic and effortless. Vilma Banky is lovely and appropriately lowkey, and Valentino is every bit as exciting to watch as his celebrity maintained. Ahmed is NOT a character performance, Oscar material or anything, but Valentino instills this cardboard figure with the warmth of life, a quickening of the pulse, all very controlled and tasteful and humanly affecting rather than superhumanly virile. Of course he looks gorgeous, but so does the film itself. Some of the slapstick may seem dated by now, but then what about 'American Pie'.
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