Sheik's Wife (1922)

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Practically since cinema's inception, producers have used various means to cash in on hit films. It's obvious that the title to this French melodrama is meant to attract anyone who was fascinated by Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik. But there are no flaring nostrils to be had here; in fact, the most interesting aspect of the picture is that much of it was shot on location in Algiers. Estelle Graydon, an English girl (Emmy Lynn), meets the Oxford-educated Hadjid Ben Khedim (Marcel Vilbert). They fall in love and she agrees to marry him only if he takes no other wives. He assents and the happy couple go to Algiers to live. But Estelle is unaccustomed to the ways of her husband's people and has a hard time adjusting. Then, when she has a daughter, Hadjid's father (Albert Bras) insists that he take a second wife to ensure getting a son. Estelle refuses to accept this and runs away. She meets a former lover who tries to help her, and this causes a battle between Hadjid's tribe and British troops. But in the end, Hadjid decides that Estelle is the only wife he needs, and the couple reunite.



damsel-in-distress, daughter, death, duel, escape, fight, love-triangle, marriage, self-sacrifice, sheik