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Harum Scarum (1965)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Musical  |  15 December 1965 (USA)
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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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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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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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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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Trivia

"Colonel" Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, was so disappointed with the script that he suggested adding a talking camel to the film, so the audience would think it was a comedy. 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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WISDOM OF THE AGES
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Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
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Maybe Elvis needed Bob Hope
22 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Colonel Tom Parker who usually took great care in the movie properties acquired for Elvis Presley must have cringed with the lemon he got Elvis stuck in here. IMDb says that Colonel Tom thought that Harum Scarum might have needed a talking camel so that there would be no question this was a comedy. Obviously the Colonel had the Road to Morocco in mind. But I'll go one better. Elvis the singer may have needed a comedian along with him, like Bob Hope.

Back when the Road to Morocco was made it was satirizing those sword and sandal desert epics that were popular back in the day. Usually those were about some mythical kingdom. We don't have mythical kingdoms any more, they're not in vogue in Hollywood. Poor Elvis was stuck in genre that was way out of date.

Also I don't think anyone had any doubt that when they went to see the Road to Morocco they were seeing a comedy. The gags here just fall flat. Now I doubt Elvis could have gotten Bob Hope, but a comedian of Elvis's generation to co-star might have brought off the comedy, but only might have.

Elvis is in good voice, but none of the songs from here are especially memorable. Certainly not like Jailhouse Rock or Blue Hawaii.

Harum Scarum belongs at the bottom of Elvis's movie credits. Only devoted fans of the King will like this and maybe not even them.


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