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Lost in a Harem (1944)

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

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Hazel Moon
John Conte ...
Prince Ramo
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Nimativ
Lottie Harrison ...
Teema
Lock Martin ...
Bobo (as J. Lockard Martin)
Murray Leonard ...
Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Chief Ghamu
Milton Parsons ...
Crystal Gazer
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Mr. Ormulu
Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
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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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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THEY'RE NUTTIER THAN EVER! (original print ad - all caps) 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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Trivia

Universal loaned MGM John Grant, the comedy team's personal gag writer, to script some of their patented pun routines. See more »

Goofs

When Harvey shoots the rifle after the barrel was bent by the candle, there was only one hole in his pith helmet. There should have been two, one for the bullet's entrance and one for its exit. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Garvey: Do I have to especially go now?
Peter Johnson: You just split an infinitive!
Harvey Garvey: Well, I mean that...
[feeling his own rear end]
Harvey Garvey: Does it show?
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

What Does It Take
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Don Raye
Played by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra in the cafe and sung by Marilyn Maxwell
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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. **1/2 out of ****


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