One Stolen Night (1923)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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This Alice Calhoun vehicle was one of dozens of desert romances that were made in the wake of Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik. Calhoun plays Diantha Ebberly who travels to the Sahara with her parents (Otto Hoffman and Adele Farrington). Although the members of her family are conservative Bostonians, she is drawn to the desert and knows that she can never be happy with her fiancé, Herbert Medford (Herbert Heyes), who she hasn't even seen in two years. While walking through a market place she is victimized by some aggressive beggars, but a mysterious and handsome stranger rescues her. She instantly falls in love with him and sneaks off with him to enjoy "one stolen night" -- hence the title. But the couple are attacked by the evil Sheik Amud and Diantha is carried off. Once again her lover comes to the rescue, after which he reveals that he is actually her fiancé. Some cast lists credit Oliver Hardy in the role of Amud, which is entirely possible -- the film was distributed by Vitagraph, which was also producing the comedies of Larry Semon. Semon regularly used Hardy as his foil during this period, so he was well-known around Vitagraph.

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damsel-in-distress, fiancee, love, marriage-arranged, rescue, romance