The Son of the Sheik

Series: Pipe Organ Pictures

Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm  |  $10  |

The Son of the Sheik (1926)
With two silent short subjects from the Thanhouser collection:
"A Dog's Love" (1914)
"The Evidence of the Film" (1913)

In this visually intoxicating sequel to Rudolph Valentino's career-defining film The Sheik, the silent screen's greatest lover portrays a cultured yet untamed young man who is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful dancer, Yasmin played by Vilma Bánky. After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair, dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon her.

An advanced screening of The Son of the Sheik was shown at the Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles on July 9, 1926. Valentino then embarked on a nationwide tour to promote the film. On August 15, he collapsed in his New York City hotel room and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors discovered he had a perforated ulcer which required emergency surgery. After the surgery, Valentino developed peritonitis and died on August 23, 1926.

Portland based virtuoso Donna Parker performs an original score on the Beverly Ruth memorial organ.



Saturday, April 30