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Arabian Love

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Arabian Love
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Directed byJerome Storm
Written byJules Furthman
StarringJohn Gilbert
Barbara Bedford
Barbara La Marr
CinematographyJoseph H. August
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • April 9, 1922 (1922-04-09)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Arabian Love is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Jerome Storm and starring John Gilbert, Barbara Bedford and Barbara La Marr. It is not known whether the film currently survives.[1] It was partly filmed on location in the Mojave Desert.[2]

Plot

Shortly after marrying a man, Nadine Fortier travels through the desert to a distant city to visit her dying mother. On her way, she is kidnapped by a group of bandits, who use her when gambling. Nadine eventually becomes the property of Norman Stone, an American criminal who is on the run from the police. Norman helps her to safety and they plan on crossing ways. Nadine, however, contacts him to find her husband's murderer.

Themar, the daughter of a sheik, is jealous of Norman's interest in Nadine and she tells Nadine that Norman is responsible for her father's death. Upon confronting him, Norman admits that her husband had several clandestine meetings with his sister and that he was accidentally shot to death in his presence. Although she is initially mad, their love for each other proves to be more powerful. They eventually become a couple and leave the country for America.[3]

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Production and release

Arabian Love was made to profit on the success of The Sheik (1921), a film which romanticizes sheiks and Latin lovers.[4] Most films John Gilbert made at Fox Film Corporation flopped, but Arabian Love became a great success. Gilbert was praised for his portrayal of a sheik, but the actor himself loathed it and made sure he later would not appear again in that sort of character.[5] Barbara La Marr was praised by the critics too, with the film magazine Moving Picture World stating that "the forlorn lovesickness of the sheik’s daughter [is] unusually effective".[6]

Cast

References

  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Arabian Love at silentera.com
  2. ^ Golden p.72
  3. ^ "Arabian Love (1922)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  4. ^ McLaren, A., Sexual Blackmail: a Modern History. p. 161
  5. ^ Hal Erickson (2012). "Review Summary". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Legendary Barbara La Marr". Classic Images. Retrieved January 14, 2010.

Bibliography

  • Golden, Eve. John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars. University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
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