~The Shriek of Araby~
1923
~Plot Synopsis~
Comedy producer Mack Sennett certainly couldn't let Rudolph Valentino's hit The Sheik come and go
without spoofing it with none other than Ben Turpin as the star. Turpin starts off as a bill poster for a
movie theater, while a tall, dark, and handsome type is dressed as an Arab and riding a horse to draw
customers. But everyone is more interested in the good looking rider than going into the theater, so the
manager fires him. In his place, he uses Turpin because he figures that no one will want to look at him for
very long. But our cock-eyed hero falls asleep on the job and in his dream he is transported to the desert
where he gets into an altercation with a perturbed ostrich. Because he has upset the "royal bird," he is
taken away to be executed. He is saved, however, by the arrival of the Arab Prince (Ray Grey), who is
about to leave for a two-week vacation in Baghdad. He sits Turpin on the throne in his place, and in the
course of his duties as temporary prince, he saves a beautiful American girl (Kathryn McGuire) from
bandits. But then a policeman (Louis Fronde) shakes Turpin awake -- he is back on the street with his
tawdry costume and advertising sign. The support in this comedy is notable -- Kathryn McGuire would go
on to star in two of Buster Keaton's most important films, Sherlock, Jr. and The Navigator, while two
other actors, Charles Stevenson and Dick Sutherland, had recently appeared in Harold Lloyd's picture
Grandma's Boy.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: F. Richard Jones

Written by:
Mack Sennett

Ben Turpin ...  The Sheik
Kathryn McGuire ...  The heroine
George Cooper ...  Presto (the magician)
Charles Stevenson ...  Luke Hassem (as Charles E. Stevenson)
Ray Grey ...  Arab prince
Louis Fronde ...  Chief of Police
Dick Sutherland ...  The villain
Walter Perry
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Mack Sennett Comedies

Distribution Company: United Artists

Produced by: Mack Sennett
Cinematography by: Homer Scott & Robert Walters
Film Editing by: Allen McNeil
Presenter: Mack Sennett

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: March 5, 1923
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