A bright spark of impudent philosophy polishes this tale of the East and a Sultan, who, in spite of British emasculation of his hereditary power, saves the day by the use of old precepts. The lady in the case is Mrs. Nottingham, about to be pounced upon for Communistic leanings; the Sultan exercises royal prerogatives and carries her off; his Adviser, Morland, threatens; an outing in a primitive outpost divides the Sultan from Morland's policies of appeasement. Using force and dealing death to the rebel religious leader, the Sultan quells the insurrection and with a firm use of blackmail, saves the lady and sardonically watches Morland gather kudos. The Sultan's romantic and immoral aspects are amusingly loaded against the humorless Morland -- but there's an affinity for the Aubrey type of commentary that makes its point -- with an itch rather than a nasty sting. Prepare your palate.