The Arab (1924)

Melodrama | 21 July 1924

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writer:

Rex Ingram

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Although the Nov 1923 issue of AmCin suggested that filming was expected to take place in Cairo, Egypt, the 8 Mar 1924 Motion Picture News reported that exteriors were filmed in Tunis, the French-occupied capital of Tunisia. Additional scenes were completed in Paris, France, before director Rex Ingram and select members of the cast relocated to Los Angeles, CA, for the remainder of production.
       According to the Dec 1923 AmCin, Philip H. Whitman had been hired to serve as associate first cinematographer alongside John F. Seitz, but was dismissed from the project before filming began, since Ingram determined there was no need for two cinematographers.
       Despite reports that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer planned a “road show” release, the 2 Jul 1924 Var announced that the film had been booked at the Capitol Theatre in New York City beginning 13 Jul 1924, with plans to continue screenings for a second week based on its box-office performance. ... More Less

Although the Nov 1923 issue of AmCin suggested that filming was expected to take place in Cairo, Egypt, the 8 Mar 1924 Motion Picture News reported that exteriors were filmed in Tunis, the French-occupied capital of Tunisia. Additional scenes were completed in Paris, France, before director Rex Ingram and select members of the cast relocated to Los Angeles, CA, for the remainder of production.
       According to the Dec 1923 AmCin, Philip H. Whitman had been hired to serve as associate first cinematographer alongside John F. Seitz, but was dismissed from the project before filming began, since Ingram determined there was no need for two cinematographers.
       Despite reports that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer planned a “road show” release, the 2 Jul 1924 Var announced that the film had been booked at the Capitol Theatre in New York City beginning 13 Jul 1924, with plans to continue screenings for a second week based on its box-office performance. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Nov 1923
p. 13.
American Cinematographer
Dec 1923
p. 16.
Motion Picture News
8 Mar 1924
p. 1082.
Variety
2 Jul 1924
p. 21.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 July 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn Pictures
Copyright Date:
16 July 1924
Copyright Number:
LP20401
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,710
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jamil, son of a Bedouin tribe leader, is disowned by his father for a desert raid at the time of the Feast of Ramadan. He becomes a guide in a Turkish city, where he falls in love with Mary, the daughter of a Christian missionary. The governor's attempt to massacre the Christians is foiled by Jamil when he calls the Bedouins to his aid. Following the death of his father, he is made leader of his tribe, and he accepts the girl's promise to return to him as she departs for ... +


Jamil, son of a Bedouin tribe leader, is disowned by his father for a desert raid at the time of the Feast of Ramadan. He becomes a guide in a Turkish city, where he falls in love with Mary, the daughter of a Christian missionary. The governor's attempt to massacre the Christians is foiled by Jamil when he calls the Bedouins to his aid. Following the death of his father, he is made leader of his tribe, and he accepts the girl's promise to return to him as she departs for America. +

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