Tents of Allah (1923)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |  
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Although his homely handsome face definitely showed traces of his Cherokee ancestry, versatile Monte Blue played everything from society men to sheiks in his silent starring career. In this low-budget knock-off of Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik, he plays the latter, and quite well, too, although he lacks Valentino's sheer animal magnetism (a rare commodity in any era). Elaine Calvert (Mary Thurmond) accidentally interferes in a very serious Muslim ritual, angering the sultan (Macey Harlam, in one of his last film roles). To please him, a group of desert bandits led by Chiddar Ben-Ek (Blue) kidnap Elaine. Troops come to rescue her, but not before she and Chiddar fall in love. The rescuing commander turns out to be Chiddar's father (Frank Currier), and he allows his son to go free, only to be captured by the sultan and his men. A bloody battle on the sultan's ship ensues between his men and the soldiers before Elaine is delivered to safety.

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damsel-in-distress, daughter, diplomat, escape, father, insult, kidnapping, rescue, Sultan, torture