This is the finest sheik film of them all. The Arab is a compliment to the screen, a verification of the sterling repute of director Rex Ingram.
As a sheik Ramon Novarro is the acme. Surrounded as he is by genuine men of the desert – for the scenes were shot in Algiers and the mobs are all natives in their natural environments he seems as bona fide as the Arabs themselves.
Alice Terry as the wistful, frightened, assailed little Christian whose winsomeness and piety, even though they are foreign and even hostile to all that this thieving, concubinous rogue stands for, makes the presentation plausible, romantic and attractive.
The ‘happy ending’ is wisely left open – it is asking too much for her to dismiss the handsome, noble Moslem who has saved her and her white family and flock, given up his indigenous rascalities for her and fallen in love with her.