The Shadow of the Mosque (1925)

Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This French production featured a mostly British cast and was filmed on location in the Arabian desert. The British government sends Captain Richard Galt (Stewart Rome) as a representative to an Arabian town. Because of his efforts, he wins favor with Musa (Edmund Loewe), a blind teacher of the Koran, and his daughter, Yuni (Mary Odette). But he also earns an enemy in Agha Hahmed (Lewis Anderson), a sheik. Unlike the Rudolph Valentino type of sheik, Hahmed is an uncharismatic brute who only means to cause trouble for Galt. He kidnaps Yuni and proceeds to attack the British troops. Yuni manages to escape and she finds her way to the governor's house. She and Galt are under siege there until the British infantry rescues them. It turns out that Yuni is a white girl who was raised by Musa (this detail was crucial in the 1920s, when racial barriers were very real). Since nothing stands in their way, Yuni and Galt end the film together.