The Sheik

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): George Melford
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min


In this world of

peace and flame

Lies a palm garden

of the Sahara

A blessed oasis

of the sands.

Where the children of Araby dwell

In happy ignorance that Civilization

has passed them by.

Maidens chosen for the marriage market.

An ancients custom by which.

Wives are secured for

the wealthy sons of Allah.

Zilah, one of the prizes destined

for the marriage lottery.

Ruth Miller

A tribal chieftain protests the sale

of his sweetheart.

Youseef...George Waggener

The Sheik, Ahmed Ben Hassan,

upon whose shoulders has

fallen the heritage of leadership.

Rudolph Valentino

When love is more desired than riches,

it is will of Allah.

Let another be chosen.

On the way to the harems Of

the rich merchants.

To obey and serve like

chattel slaves.

Biskra, the Beautiful.

Gateway to the desert.

A city of adventure. Where the new

civilization Rubs elbows with the old.

Are you going to attend Diana Mayo's

farewell dance this evening?

I am not! I thoroughly disapprove

of this young madcap's wild scheme!

The idea of Diana Mayo planing a

tour alone into the desert,

with only native camel-drivers and Arabs!

The subject of all the gossip,

the orphan daughter

of an English peer,

Lady Diana Mayo. Agnes Ayres

Her brother, Sir Aubrey,

who for years has vainty striven

to curb Diana's reckless spirit

of daring Frank Butler

Diana's guide into the desert,

Mustapha Ali

Charles Brindley

I have a good mind to make

you give up this insane trip.

I've made up my mind,

dear brother.

Evening in the Monte Carlo

of the Sahara

Diana, I love you. Postpone this trip

and give me the right to go with you.

Marriage is captivity -

the end of independence.

I am content with my life as it is.

It is the great Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan.

He is entertaining at the Casino tonight.

Mademioselle will be disappointed-

the Casino is closed to all except Arabs.

And why should a savage desert bandit

keep us out of any public place?

Sheik Ahmed is not a savage.

He is a rish tribal prince,

who was educated in Paris.

In Biskra his slightest wish is law.

Go to the dancer and ask if I may

borrow one of her costumes for the evening.

Like a page from the Arabian Nights.

The marriage gamble Where bridge

are won On the turn of a wheel.

Oh, sons of Allah! Gaze upon

the charms of Halima,

loveliest flower of the desert.

To the cultured English girl this

marriage fair suggests the slave

of the barbarous past.

The pale hands and golden

hair of a white woman.

By whose invitation do

you come here?

I wanted to see the savage who

could bar me from this Casino.

With your permission, the savage

will escort you to the door.

It is the English woman whom

I am to guide into the desert tomorrow.

Dawn- with the Arab under the lure of

the defiant English girl.

Pale hands I love, Beside the Shalimar,

Where are you now?

Who lies beneath your spell?

Into the sand garden

of the sun.

with her brother accompanying

her on the first day's journey

Don't worry, Aubrey, I shall join

you in London in a month - goodbye.

Lie still,

you little fool!

Her exultant dream of freedom ended-

a helpless captive in the desert wastes.

Gaston, the French valet,

in the Sheik's service

since his school days in France.

Lucien Littlefield.

Why have you brought me here?

Are you not woman enough to know?

Do you know how beautiful you are?

I am not accustomed to

having my orders disobeyed.

And I am not accustomed

to obeying orders.

You will learn!

You make a very charming boy,

but it was not a boy

I saw two nights ago in Biskra.

Your luggage has arrived.

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