Because of Rudolph Valentino's success in The Sheik, Universal deemed it a good time to bring out a desert story of their own. Ouida's novel had been filmed before with Theda Bara in the lead role of Cigarette; here, the not-as-exotic Priscilla Dean plays the half-French, half-Arab "daughter of the regiment." To escape from trouble back home, Victor (James Kirkwood) joins the Foreign Legion and becomes a corporal. Cigarette falls in love with him immediately. When she is kidnapped by Sheik Ben Ali Hammed (John Davidson), Colonel Victor comes to her rescue. Later on, when Arabs prepare to attack the regiment, she returns Victor's favor with a wild ride to warn him. She is seriously wounded in the ensuing battle, but still manages to shoot an Arab who is trying to pull down the French flag. In the book, Cigarette dies, but here, the ending is left ambiguous -- you're not told whether she survives or not. This story was filmed again as a talkie in 1936 with Claudette Colbert and Ronald Colman in the leads.
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