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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.

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Marilyn Maxwell ...
Hazel Moon
John Conte ...
Prince Ramo
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Nimativ
Lottie Harrison ...
Teema
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
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Storyline

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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Music! Maidens! Merriment! 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

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

John Silver
(1944) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ray Krise and Jimmy Dorsey
Arranged by Sonny Burke
Played and sung by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra as a production number
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A Few Funny Moments
29 December 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Mildly amusing A&C. Moving over to big-budget MGM means bigger production values than usual. And some of the Middle-East cityscapes are really impressive. The boys are helping the prince of the realm (Conte) regain the throne from the evil usurper Nimativ (Dumbrille). Needless to say, their help is a lot funnier than effective. The sketches are okay but the connecting narrative is flatter than usual. And too bad we don't see more of the harem than the pudgy little keeper who looks a lot like Costello—a funny bit.

Actually, my favorite part is the frenetic dance routine imaginatively set to the exotic strains of Scheherezade—the long scarves flying fast and furious. Surprisingly, we don't see much of Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra, despite their featured billing. At the same time, there's the lovely Marilyn Maxwell who mostly gets to stand around and look blonde.

Some of the funnier parts—pretending to be Hollywood talent scouts to get the harem girls on their side, the derelict (Leonard) doing his "Slowly I turn…" bit that usually ends with Costello looking like a pretzel, and the invisible man routine that turns Costello into a janitor. Anyway, it's a peppy 90-minutes and if not among their best, at least it has its share of laughs.


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