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.
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Did You Know?
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
[while supervising Kerim's flogging
Well now, speak. Where are those arms?
Haven't I convinced you yet? I'm not going to tell you. Why don't you go find them yourself?
I'd expected you to say that. Whip harder!