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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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Cast

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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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A Show That Chases the Blues From Start to Finish! See more »

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Comedy

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Release Date:

December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harem Scare 'Em  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Douglass Dumbrille and Bud Abbott recreate The Marx Brothers' famous mirror scene from Duck Soup (1933). 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: Have you a reservation here?
Jailer and clerk: No.
Harvey Garvey: Then I have to take my business someplace else.
[he starts to leave but is restrained by guards]
Harvey Garvey: I changed my mind. I'll take the room.
Jailer and clerk: What's your name?
Harvey Garvey: Harvey D. Garvey.
Jailer and clerk: Where born?
Harvey Garvey: Under a sink.
Jailer and clerk: How do you know?
[...]
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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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"Pokomoko!"
6 April 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The second of three films Bud and Lou did for MGM is an improvement over the first, Rio Rita. The plot, such that it matters, has the boys in the Middle East with singer Marilyn Maxwell trying to help a prince regain his throne from his evil uncle (Douglas Dumbrille). Marilyn provides the pretty. Dumbrille is a good heavy. Some nice music from Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra. Far better than the opera-y stuff from Rio Rita and less obtrusive. The comedy is also better in this one. Although, like the other two MGM films A&C did, some of the best laughs come from other actors NOT Bud and Lou. One of the funnier bits in this one is an old vaudeville routine called "Slowly I Turned" that many of you will probably remember from a famous I Love Lucy episode. Despite being familiar with the bit, I still thought it was pretty funny and performed well in the film by Murray Leonard. It's not the best Abbott and Costello movie but it is enjoyable. If you're new to their work, you'll probably like it a lot more.


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