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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


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Critic Reviews for The Son of the Sheik

All Critics (10)

The Son of the Sheik is a considerable improvement on its distinguished predecessor.

October 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Although I don't think it's top-tier silent entertainment, George Fitzmaurice's 'The Son of the Sheik' gives me a pleasant time with his desert melodrama starring Rudolph Valentino. [Full review in Spanish]

January 21, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Like much of the cinema of the silent era, the plot is secondary to the sheer elegance of the images, and Fitzmaurice polishes them up like a master jeweler.

August 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

July 26, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Engaging nonsense full of sex, homoeroticism, a little S&M and much derring-do%u2014but it's all nonsense that shows why Valentino is a legend.

November 24, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Silly, hammy, Valentino was never much of an actor

August 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Son of the Sheik


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

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