6.6/10
1,799
24 user 23 critic

The Son of the Sheik (1926)

Trailer
2:01 | Trailer
The son of the sheik and a dancing girl fall in love, but when he is made to believe she has betrayed him he seeks revenge.

Director:

George Fitzmaurice (as Geo. Fitzmaurice)

Writers:

Edith Maude Hull (based on the novel by), Frances Marion (screen adaptation) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rudolph Valentino ... Ahmed / The Sheik
Vilma Bánky ... Yasmin (as Vilma Banky)
George Fawcett ... André
Montagu Love ... Ghabah (as Montague Love)
Karl Dane ... Ramadan
Bull Montana ... Mountebank
Bynunsky Hyman Bynunsky Hyman ... Mountebank (as Binunsky Hyman)
Agnes Ayres ... Diana - Wife of the Sheik
Edit

Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Taking America by STORM! (re-release poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The opening credits show "COPYRIGHT MCMXXXVII" (1937) even though the film was released in 1926. See more »

Quotes

Ghabah: Yasmin, no other man shall have you. Why waste your life in futile love - that I destroy so easily?
Ghabah: [as Ramadan, nearby, secretly overhears him] It was I who poisoned the mind of young Ahmed against you - saying you betrayed him to us.
See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

That Night in Araby
(1926)
Music by Ted Snyder
Lyrics by Billy Rose
Published in connection with this movie
See more »

User Reviews

 
Affecting
3 April 2002 | by mik-19See all my reviews

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'.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

5 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Son of the Sheik See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,562,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,360,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Feature Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1969 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed