It was based on the bestselling romance novel of the same name by Edith Maude Hull and was adapted for the screen by Monte M. The film was a box-office hit and helped propel Valentino to stardom.
A third film in the series, She's a Sheikwas produced in by Paramount and starred Bebe Daniels in a comedic role reversal of the original film. In the North Africa town of Biskraheadstrong Lady Diana Mayo Agnes Ayres refuses a marriage proposal because she believes it would be the end of her independence.
Against her brother's wishes, she is planning a month-long trip into the desert, escorted only by natives. When Diana goes to the local casino, she is informed it has been appropriated for the evening by an important sheikand that none but Arabs may enter.
Annoyed at being told what she cannot do, and her curiosity piqued, Diana borrows an Arab dancer's costume and sneaks in. Inside, she finds men gambling for new wives. When she is selected to be the next prize, she resists. Amused, he sends her away. Afterward, Mustapha Ali Charles Brinley informs the Sheik she is the woman he has been hired to guide tomorrow.
The Sheik hatches a plan. Early the next morning, he sneaks into her room and tampers with the bullets in her revolver as she is sleeping. As her brother leaves her to her desert excursion, she assures him he will see her in London next month. The Sheik and his men come upon Diana riding alone.
She tries to flee while shooting at the Sheik, but he easily captures her. Back at his encampment, he orders her about. She is unused to such treatment, but the Sheik tells her she will learn and demands she dress like a woman she is wearing pants for dinner. Diana tries again to escape, this time into a raging sand storm. The Sheik saves her from certain death, and tells her she will learn to love him.
Later, he finds Diana alone in her quarters weeping. The Sheik considers forcing himself upon her, but decides against it and calls for a serving girl, Zilah Ruth Miller.
Zilah offers her a hug. Diana accepts, and pours out her tears in Zilah's arms. After a week, the Sheik is delighted by the news El Grano De Oro - Antonio Aguilar Barraza - Con Tambora Vol 2 his close friend from his days in Pariswhere he was educated, is coming for a visit.
Diana is dismayed at the thought of being seen in Arab dress by a Westernerbut the Sheik does not understand her shame. He does, however, return her gowns before his friend comes so she can wear The Sheik - The Cleartone Dance Orchestra - The Sheik / Sal-O-May (Shellac) to dinner.
When she is introduced to writer and doctor Raoul St. Hubert Adolphe MenjouDiana's spirit is nearly broken. He befriends her and reprimands the Sheik for To Dream - Yaffa Yarkoni - Encore callous treatment of her. The Sheik returns her Western clothing, though he refuses to release her.
When Raoul is called away to Thing Maker - Marilyn Manson - Dark Adventures to an injured man, Diana shows concern that it might be the Sheik.
Seeing this from hiding, the Sheik is elated that she may be warming up to him at last. He gives Diana her gun back, telling her he trusts her. Diana is allowed to go into the desert under the watchful eye of the Sheik's French valet Gaston Lucien Littlefield. She escapes. Making her way across the sands, she spots a caravan, unaware Feel The Love - Atlantic Connection - Loved You In December EP it belongs to the bandit Omair Walter Long.
The Sheik and his men reach her first. The Sheik reveals to Raoul he is in love with Diana; his friend convinces him to let her go. Meanwhile, Diana is allowed out once more.
She playfully writes "I love you Ahmed" in the sand. Then Omair's band captures her, killing her guards and leaving the wounded Gaston for dead. When the Sheik goes looking for Diana, he sees her message, then learns from Gaston who has abducted her. He gathers his men to attack Omair's stronghold. Omair tries to force himself on Diana, but is almost stabbed by one of his women. Then the Sheik and his men sweep in. After a long fight, the Sheik kills Omair, but is himself gravely injured.
Raoul tends to him and tells Diana he has a chance. She sits and holds the Sheik's hand. When she remarks that his hand is big for an Arab, Raoul reveals that the Sheik is not one. His father was British and his mother Spanish. They died in the desert, and their child was rescued and raised by the old Sheik; when the old man died, Ahmed returned to rule the tribe.
When Ahmed wakes up, Diana confesses her love. The novel became a best seller partly because of its controversial dealings with racial miscegenation and rape.
Due to the controversial subject matter, certain aspects of the novel were left out of the film. In the novel, Sheik Ahmed rapes Lady Diana. There appears to be some dispute as to where the film was shot. Emily W. Author Richard Koszarski claims that this is incorrect and cites it as an " urban legend ". James Kirkwood, Sr. The Sheik premiered in Los Angeles on October 21, Critical reception was mixed, as some critics felt that it was a mistake to leave out the rape of Lady Diana by Sheik Ahmed as it altered the original message of the novel.
In its first week of Rhythm Of The Rain - Various - Back In Time Volume 8, it set attendance records at two of New York's major theaters, the Rialto and the Rivoli. The New York Telegraph estimated that in the first few weekspeople had seen the film. Due to the film's success, Jesse Lasky declared the last week of November as "The Sheik Week", and screened the film at theatres in the United States on November 20, The film Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath for six months in Sydney, Australiaas well as 42 weeks in one theatre in France.
It was the first Valentino film to show in his native Italy. While he was a popular draw with female audiences, some male audiences mocked his onscreen persona and questioned his masculinity. A reviewer for Photoplay described it as "Popular entertainment—that and nothing more.
But that is enough. Film rights were bought by Edward Small who recreated segments of The Sheik in the biographical picture Valentinostarring Anthony Dexterwho Small announced would star in a remake of The Sheikbut which was never made.
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