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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 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
Larry Chance ...
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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THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROMANCE AND SONG! See more »

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15 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harem Scarum  »

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

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(Metrocolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Opening weekend position in Variety's list was 11th. See more »

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

Quotes

King Toranshah: In over 1000 years, no leader of the Utssuosis has ever violated a promise.
Johnny Tyronne: Well it's nice to know you're doing business with such a reputable firm.
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HEY LITTLE GIRL
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Elvis' movie career hits rock bottom
19 July 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Widely considered to be Elvis' dumbest movie ever and the source of many prime gags in Top Secret, Harum Scarum is worth watching only for those Elvis fans interested in answering the question of what went wrong with his movie career. The answer was quite simply that, to Colonel Parker, Elvis was a carnival concession. He was getting million dollar offers to keep at the same old formula junk and since he had no idea how good movies were made he kept agreeing to the deals while the money was there. Harum Scarum shows the formula at its most derivative. Elvis himself looked bored and distracted at times on screen and even messed up some of his lip synching! The songs are strictly for the Pat Boone set and badly out of date before the movie even came out. At a time of rapid change and great excitement in the music world (the Beatles made HELP around the same time) the music in Elvis' movies did not evolve or change, it just got recycled. The sets are also retreads, studio back lot leftovers from earlier better movies which look about as authentically middle eastern as a Moroccan restaurant in Brentwood. The costumes are a bad joke, and look like I Dream of Jeannie cast-offs. Elvis himself spends most of the movie looking foolish (and a bit like a Popsicle) in lime green pants. Add in a ridiculously predictable hand-me-down story about intrigue in the palace of the sultan and a few unfunny minor characters, and there is not much to like here, even for die hard Elvis fans. Even Elvis haters looking for a cheap laugh will find themselves bored by this exercise.


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