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In his best-known film, The Son of the Sheik (1926), Valentino plays both the son of the Sheik, and the Sheik himself, reprising his role in his earlier film, The Sheik (1921). That's right, this is the first movie sequel where the lead plays multiple roles and the lead isn't Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Medea, Steve Carrell, or Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Like The Jazz Singer (1927), the cinematic innovations of Son of the Sheik are overshadowed by the balls-out racism of white guys covered in burnt cork. One character's named Ramandan, ffs.
Co-host Carl is relieved we're watching a good movie after last episode's Futz!
Comedian Pam Benjamin is our guest.