Saturday, January 12, 2013

2 Page Magazine Advertisement for The Sheik

This is a wonderful 2 page magazine ad for the 1921 film, "The Sheik." Besides this being a fantastic ad, with great art work and photos of the film, there are a few things to take note of. This was Valentino's 5th and final film from 1921. His first being The Four Horsemen, which was his first big role. The studio's did not credit the success of The Four Horsemen exclusively because of Valentino, but continued to feature him in various roles in 1921. The Sheik turned Valentino into a major star overnight. Notice the top of this ad it reads: a George Melford Production with Agnes Ayres and Rudolph Valentino. One final thing to mention is the photo on the second page depicts Valentino in a white suit which is from the lost ending. I call it the lost ending because all of the variations of The Sheik I have seen does not depict Valentino in a white suit. I have posted some photos of this scene. This is a great piece and is great for framing. These are not too valuable; however they are great pieces of original memorabilia from 1921.