The Son of the Sheik (1926)




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The Son of the Sheik, Rudolph Valentino's last film, may well be his best. A sequel to (and vast improvement upon) Valentino's 1922 blockbuster The Sheik, the 1926 film casts the legendary Latin Lover in the dual role of the now-older Sheik and his son Ahmed. The latter falls in love with bejeweled dancing girl Yasmin (Vilma Banky), the daughter of a scurrilous thief, who in turn is in cahoots with Ghabah (Montagu Love), "whose crimes outnumber the desert sands." Captured, held for ransom and tortured by Ghabah, Ahmed escapes, seething with revenge. Believing that Yasmin has betrayed him, he kidnaps the girl, spirits her away to his desert tent, and rapes her (not shown, of course, but brilliantly suggested by a series of wide-eyed, soft-focus close ups). Bitterly chastised by his father, Ahmed begins feeling pangs of remorse for his treatment of Yasmin, even more so when he learns that she is innocent of all wrongdoing. He follows Yasmin to her father's den of thieves, where he vanquishes all the bad guys, saving the unspeakable Ghabah for last. Son of the Sheik was partially filmed on location in the deserts of Yuma, Arizona, under intolerable conditions that caused virtually the entire cast and crew to fall seriously ill. The finished film manages to convey a tongue-in-cheek, larger-than-life approach to its melodramatic material without ever actually making fun of that material or condescending to Valentino's legions of fans. Rudolph Valentino had made Son of the Sheik in hopes of boosting his slightly flagging career; while it succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams, Valentino, alas, had died just before the film was released. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama , Romance
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Vilma Banky
as Yasmin
Montagu Love
as Ghabah
George Fawcett
as Andre Romez
Karl Dane
as Ramadan
B. Hyman
as Pincher
Binunsky Hyman
as Pincher
Agnes Ayres
as Diana
Charles Requa
as Pierre
Erwin Connelly
as The Zouave
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Critic Reviews for The Son of the Sheik

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Chicago Reader
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It dated badly, but is worth seeing as an historical curio that shows how far we have come and far we must still go to overcome our stereotyped conceptions of Arabs.

Full Review… | July 25, 2011
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May 14, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Son of the Sheik

I don't think I'm capable of enjoying silent films very much, although the Alloy orchestra accompanying on a nice night in the park certainly helped.

Tim Greene
Tim Greene

★★★1/2 (out of four) The follow up to the 1922 hit film "The Sheik". This time Rudolph Valnetino plays the son of the character he played in the first. He even takes on both father and son here. I think the movie and Valentino himself is even better this time around. The young sheik falls for a young woman (Vilma Banky). He kidnaps her and brings her back to his village where he seduces her. The film is erotic and sensual and shows why Valentino was the phenomenon that he was. He died only a few weeks after the films release. [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Eh it was ok. Nothing special about it, but it didn't bore me as most other silents do.

Lauren Donis
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