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Lost in a Harem (1944)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  December 1944 (USA)
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Two bumbling magicians help a Middle Eastern prince regain his rightful throne from his despotic uncle.


(as Charles Riesner)


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Complete credited cast:
Marilyn Maxwell ...
Hazel Moon
John Conte ...
Prince Ramo
Lottie Harrison ...
Lock Martin ...
Bobo (as J. Lockard Martin)
Murray Leonard ...
The Derelict
Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Chief Ghamu
Milton Parsons ...
Crystal Gazer
Ralph Sanford ...
Mr. Ormulu
Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra ...
Harem Musicians


Pete Johnson and Harvey D. Garvey, two inept magicians on tour in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Barabeeha, help disenfranchised young Prince Ramo regain his throne from his devious Uncle Nimativ, who uses two magical hypnotic rings and ruthless methods to maintain his power. By posing as Hollywood talent scouts the boys break out of a dank dungeon with a deranged derelict, evade palace guards, elude the palace executioner, and avoid detection in the forbidden royal harem. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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palace | magician | uncle | prince | ring | See more »


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December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harem Scare 'Em  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The lavish sets utilized were left over from MGM's Kismet (1944), which starred Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich and Edward Arnold. See more »


The Derelict: Gentleman... He called me a gentleman! Thank you.
The Derelict: [to Pete] Thank you.
Peter Johnson: That's all right.
The Derelict: Those are the first kind words I've heard in years. You see i always haven;t been a derelict...
[pointing to Harvey]
The Derelict: like you!
Harvey Garvey: Hey, now, don't call me those kind of bad names.
The Derelict: Would you like to hear my story?
Harvey Garvey: No.
The Derelict: Very well, then I'll tell it to you.
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Scheherezade Symphonic Suite, Op.35
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Excerpts played in the harem and danced by Nimativ's wives and slaves in a production number
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Lost in a Harem (1944) **1/2
3 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

One of the slick films Abbott and Costello made when they were loaned out to MGM in between work at their main studio, Universal. It's pretty good, if not among their best work. Here they play two lame comics traveling in a show with a beautiful blonde singer (Marilyn Maxwell), who get stranded in a weird city in the East. All three then join forces in helping a young sheik overthrow his uncle, who is a wicked sultan. A few good routines are included (the classic "Slowly I Turned" for one), but this adventure is also a little too bulky at nearly 90 minutes length, with a few typical musical routines sprinkled throughout. Also features an out of place performance by Jimmy Dorsey (who wears a fez!) and his orchestra.

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