An Arabian Knight

An Arabian Knight is a 1920 American drama film directed by Charles Swickard and produced by Sessue Hayakawa's Haworth Pictures Corporation.[1][2] Its survival status is classified as unknown,[3] which suggests that it is a lost film.

An Arabian Knight
Directed byCharles Swickard
Written byRichard Schayer (scenario)
Story byGene Wright (story)
StarringSessue Hayakawa
Lillian Hall
Jean Acker
CinematographyRobert Ellis
Distributed byRobertson-Cole Distributing Corporation
Release date
  • August 22, 1920 (1920-08-22)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Cordelia Darwin (Inescourt), spinster sister of Egyptologist George Darwin (Clark) who resides in the desert, is a believer in reincarnation. Certain that she lived two thousand years ago as the Princess Rhodolphis and that youthful dragoman Ahmed (Hayakawa) is the reincarnation of her lost lover, she installs him in her home as a butler. Elinor Wayne (Hall), ward of the Darwins, becomes the prey of Egyptian nobleman Aboul Pasha (Jones). His determination to win her results in her abduction by rascals who take her to the home of the dancer Soada (Pavis). Ahmed follows and rescues Elinor. When murders hired by Pasha burn down the Darwin home, Ahmed aids the Darwins and Elinor in escaping. Elinor and George are reunited as sweethearts, while Ahmed finds his soul mate in Zorah (Acker).


  • Sessue Hayakawa as Ahmed
  • Lillian Hall as Elinor Wayne
  • Jean Acker as Zorah
  • Yvonne Pavis as Soada (credited as Marie Pavis)
  • Elaine Inescourt as Cordelia Darwin
  • Harvey Clark as George Darwin (credited as Harvey Clarke)
  • Fred C. Jones as Aboul Pasha (credited as Fred Jones)
  • Roy Coulson as Wassef
  • Tom Bates as Bedr


  1. Miyao, Daisuke (7 March 2007). Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom. Duke University Press. p. 187. ISBN 0-8223-8982-7.
  2. Photoplay. 18. Macfadden Publications. 1920. p. 116.
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: An Arabian Knight at
  4. "Reviews: An Arabian Knight". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (10): 102. September 4, 1920.
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