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.
User Reviews: A significant milestone in movie history and therefore should be watched as such. Viewed only by today’s standards it’s pretty corny and contrived, chock full of insinuated or probably insulting stereotypes, and also suffered that most terrible of happenings: the sequel was much better!
I last saw it as a teenager in 1975; all I could remember of it was chuckling at the implied strength of Ahmed’s tent withstanding the sandstorm. Or of course, Diana’s iron will in withstanding Ahmed’s potential sexual advances. But that was the discipline that came with being white – if he had been a true Arab, well … As usual back then, Blood is thicker than education.
Seen again, it’s a reasonably well produced romantic action film, which carries you along (if you let it) to the corny and contrived ending. I may sound a bit too sarcastic, but I assure all that I thoroughly enjoyed The Sheik and thus recommend it, only don’t take it too seriously.
Was Menjou on a diet in ’21? I don’t remember him skinnier than in this!