Jeff and Turkey, two wild and crazy guys adrift on a raft in the Mediterranean, are cast away on a desert shore and hop a convenient camel to an Arabian Nights city where Turkey soon finds himself sold as a slave...to luscious Princess Shalmar of Karameesh. Naturally, Jeff would like to rescue Turkey from this "dire" fate, even if it means taking his place! But they haven't figured on virile desert chieftain Mullay Kassim, who has designs on the princess himself... Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Considered one of the centerpieces of the collection, it received its initial telecast in Philadelphia Monday 5 January 1959, launching the MCA/Paramount film series in that city on WCAU (Channel 10) and was also telecast that same day in Los Angeles on KNXT (Channel 2) and in St. Louis on KMOX (Channel 4); its initial telecasts followed in Chicago 11 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 29 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 2 March 1959 on WTCA (Channel 11), and in Pittsburgh, where it launched the MCA/Paramount Film Library, Monday 6 April 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2). In Detroit it first aired 25 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Johnstown 13 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in San Francisco 14 August 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was first released on DVD by Universal 17 June 1998 and again 5 March 2002 and again 4 May 2004, as part of the On the Road with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection, and since that time has also been a frequent flyer on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
Orville and Jeff are kissed by an amorous two-humped (Bactrian) camel. The camels in North Africa (Dromedaries) have only one hump. Bactrian camels are a much more the norm in Central Asia. See more »
Another enjoyable 'Road Show! One of my Favorites.
Crosby and Hope are at their best in this one. Watch for the scene where Hope mimics a starving beggar in the street, its especially entertaining. No matter what Hope tries in the 'Road Shows' he is always foiled, with Crosby always the cool, smooth operator. Anthony Quinn does a superb performance as the domineering Sheik in this light hearted comedy, playing funny scenes as a straight man. Dorothy Lamour as the 'damsel in distress' is as Lovely as ever.
Hope and Crosby are a delightful team, their playful banter and comedic timing are on the money with this one. This is a 'Must See' comedy!
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