Ilsa, Harem-Keeper of the Oil Sheiks


by Tuna

Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks was the only official sequel, and is meant to be high camp. When Dyanne Thorne was asked to do the part, she pointed out that her character was killed in the first one, and and was told, "nobody will remember." Thirty years have passed since WW2 and the ex-Nazi hasn't aged a day. She is now in charge of a harem which she rules with an iron hand. Part of her duties involves repairing damage to some of the harem girls so they can be auctioned to the highest bidder. One of the film highlights comes when another sheik wins a girl, and has her teeth pulled so the teeth won't scrape him.

As we join the story, Ilsa has just received a shipment of three more kidnapped women, and the Sheik is preparing to receive a US diplomat (clearly Henry Kissinger) and a secret agent disguised as his naval adjutant, who are in the Middle East to negotiate oil prices. It is a very busy day in the harem because someone was caught with a harem girl and demanded his right as a soldier to have a trial by combat. Ilsa has her two powerful topless assistants (Tanya Boyd and Marilyn Joi), kick the crap out of him and then neuter him.  Finally, everyone revolts, and a young prince comes out of the dungeon and becomes the new, USA-friendly sheik.

The story is just plain silly, but taken as broad comedy, it is watchable. Ignore it. The film is full of nudity and looks wonderful -- much better than you would expect given a low budget and minimal shooting schedule. This was the first screen credit for J. Michael Riva as an art designer. He went on to do Spider-Man 3, Charlie's Angels, Three of the Lethal Weapon films, A Few Good Men, The Golden Child, The Color Purple, Buckaroo Banzai, and more big Hollywood productions.

by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This is one of the very best exploitation movies ever made, and I recommend it wholeheartedly if you like silly movies filled with pretty naked girls. Don't be fooled by the fact that it is a sequel to the dreary and sadistic cult favorite, "Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS". There is no comparison between the two movies.

  • This one has a big-budget look. I don't know how they managed to get these sets and to design these interiors so lavishly, but they did it. It even has helicopters in it, and not in stock footage, but in scenes filmed especially for the movie. The images are sharp, the colors are clear and vivid.
  • It has great stunts. Four stars to the stunt co-ordinator, who has a real guy fall off a building right down into the camera, and another guy on fire for many, many seconds.
  • It has humor. The guy who plays El Sharif is hilariously and intentionally over-the-top decadent, and the funniest thing about the movie is a hilarious Henry Kissinger impersonation. (The good doctor visits the Middle East to negotiate about oil production quotas and, of course, to plant a spy.)
  • It has Uschi Digard. And a lot of other women, almost always naked.

Oh, there are some negatives, some amateurish touches, as you might expect, but those are minor flaws. It is just plain good ol' fashioned sleazy fun.



Excellent DVD transfer in widescreen. It's a 1.66 aspect ratio, enhanced for 16x9 screens.

It has a funny full-length panel discussion commentary with Dyanne Thorne, the director, and another star, and it's moderated by a comedian! The commentary alone is worth the price of the DVD.


The film attracted no major reviewers, but the comments of many genre-specialty sites are linked from IMDb.


5.0 IMDB summary (of 10)





Copious, nearly non-stop nudity from:

Dyanne Thorne, Tanya Boyd, Marilyn Joi, Uschi Digard, Sharon Kelly, Haji, Su Ling, and many others not identified.



Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


It is top-notch genre fare, but be warned. Unlike its predecessor it is essentially a comedy.