Son of the Sheik
is a 1926 silent film
produced by United Artists
, directed by George Fitzmaurice
and starring Rudolph Valentino
and Vilma Bánky
. It was based on a romance novel
by Edith Maude Hull The Sons of the Sheik
, a sequel to the bestselling The Sheik
. It was the last film made with Valentino.
In 2003, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry
by the Library of Congress
as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
This film was a sequel to the 1921 movie The Sheik
, also starring Valentino. Ahmed, the adult son of Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino played both roles) is just as impetuous as his father once was. He is attracted to the dancing girl Yasmin (Banky), who is exploited and overworked by her renegade French
father, André Romez (George Fawcett
), the leader of a band who entertain when they must, but prefer robbery when the opportunity presents itself.
Yasmin slips away for a tryst at a moonlit ruins, but is spotted and followed by her father and his cutthroats. When Ahmed shows up, he is captured. He is lashed in an attempt to learn his father's name so they can extract a large ransom from him. Ghabah (Montagu Love
), who has been promised Yasmin by her father, lies and tells Ahmed that Yasmin lured him into the trap, and that he is merely the latest in a string of her victims. Ahmed is rescued by his loyal servant Ramadan (Karl Dane
By chance, Ahmed is recovering from his ordeal at... Read More