Barbary Sheep (1917)

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Based on a novel by Robert Hitchen, Barbary Sheep was set in Algiers. The heroine, Lady Katherine Wyverne (Elsie Ferguson), forsakes her neglectful sportsman husband (Lumsden Hare) in favor of a handsome and charismatic Arab chieftain named Benchaalal (Pedro de Cordoba). Though nothing of an untoward nature happens, Lady Katherine's recklessness may very well cost her reputation and social standing. A last-minute intervention by her husband, who under the circumstances is quite reasonable, rescues the heroine from disgrace. Credit director Maurice Tourneur for making this relatively uneventful domestic drama seem more important than it actually was.