Ahmed (Rudolph Valentino), son of the Sheik (also Rudolph Valentino) and his wife Diana (Agnes Ayres), falls in love with French dancing girl Yasmin (Vilma Bánky). The two plan to meet at an old ruins site one evening, but Ahmed is captured by renegade bandits. Informed that Yasmin was responsible for luring him into the trap, Ahmed decides to seek revenge -- only to find that there's more to the story!
The Son of the Sheik is a really enjoyable film! I think it's a bit better than The Sheik. There's some more humor and action sequences, and the shorter length makes the story sail by effortlessly. It also shows off Rudolph Valentino's talents to great advantage!
Valentino gives excellent performances as the father and son. As young Ahmed, he's incredibly attractive and charming, in remarkably good shape, and has a smoldering gaze that's to die for. : ) And he's equally impressive as the Sheik -- regal, powerful, and charismatic.
Agnes Ayres, who was practically retired from films at this point and returned to this sequel as a favor to Valentino, is lovely and actually more likeable in this picture than the first. Vilma Bánky, whom Valentino personally picked for the film, seemed to work well with him.
Sadly, this would be Valentino's last film! But it's such a treat to see him in one of his best pictures.
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