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
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The unfortunately titled Harum Scarum is not how it sounds! With a name like that, you could either expect a screwball comedy, or maybe a Hope And Crosby styled road movie. No to both. It is a middle Eastern dramatic comedy, sort of 1001 Arabian Nights or Sheherezade thing happening, or tries to be, anyway. Elvis plays a movie star kidnapped by the Prince of Assassins to kill the King of some ancient looking Arabic nation with a fifteen letter, unpronounceable name. But he's Elvis and this is an Elvis movie, so you do NOT think he will do it. Production values do not exist in this movie, and a scene in the desert looks like a soundstage with a couple tents. They didn't bother with Believability here. The story is reasonably fun, some interesting musical sequences. Shake That Tambourine! That is what they used to do before the cowbell became all the rage, before More Cowbell! A missed opportunity, the film could have been really great if they put more thought into the script and story line. I thought it was fun anyway, but that's just me. It is still nice to know that The King never has a bad hair day, even in the desert.
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