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Harum Scarum (1965)

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American singer Johnny Tyrone is enlisted by sinister forces to assassinate an Arab king whose daughter he has fallen in love with.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny Tyronne
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Princess Shalimar
Fran Jeffries ...
Aishah
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Prince Dragna
Jay Novello ...
Zacha
Phillip Reed ...
King Toranshah (as Philip Reed)
Theodore Marcuse ...
Sinan (as Theo Marcuse)
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Baba
Dirk Harvey ...
Makar
Jack Costanzo ...
Julna
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Capt. Herat
Barbara Werle ...
Leilah
Brenda Benet ...
Emerald
Gail Gilmore ...
Sapphire
Wilda Taylor ...
Amethyst
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Storyline

Johnny Tyronne, action movie star and ladies man, is travelling through the Middle East on a goodwill tour to promote his latest movie, "Sands of the Desert". Once he arrives, however, he is kidnapped by a gang of assassins who were so impressed with his on-screen adventures that they want to hire him to carry out an assassination for them. He naturally refuses, and following his daring escape he makes his way across the desert back to civilization, pausing every now and then to sing a song or two. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1001 Swingin' Nights! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Musical

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Release Date:

15 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harem Scarum  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After seeing this film, a studio executive quipped: "Elvis' movies don't need titles; they could just be numbered!" See more »

Goofs

In the climactic fight scene, set at night, the lighting changes from torchlit darkness to broad daylight, and back, several times. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Tyronne: [after learning that the King will not execute his brother] Be a nice King and don't exile him to the U.S.A.
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Soundtracks

HARUM SCARUM
(uncredited)
Written by Peter Andreoli, Vince Poncia Jr., and Jimmie Crane
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Not bad, despite the hokum **
17 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It's very easy to dismiss an Elvis flick with a goofy title like HARUM SCARUM just by hearing it. But I was actually rather surprised by this colorful and unconventional Presley romp. It turned out pretty good for a Presley knock-off, despite the hokum.

Taking Elvis into the odd world of the Middle East is in itself a fresh change of space considering the formulaic nature of his films. It's not high art by any stretch of the imagination, but it's fun. And leading ladies Mary Ann Mobley and Fran Jeffries are gorgeous to behold.

None of the songs are very strong, but there are plenty of them to go around this time.


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