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Harum Scarum (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 15 December 1965 (USA)
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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Princess Shalimar
Fran Jeffries ...
Aishah
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Prince Dragna
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Zacha
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King Toranshah (as Philip Reed)
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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening weekend position in Variety's list was 11th. 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: I like the way you settle your scores, your Majesty.
King Toranshah: I couldn't kill my own brother, Johnny. But I am sending him into exile, with his favorite chess player
Johnny Tyronne: Just be a nice king and don't exile him into the USA.
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Connections

Featured in 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

MY DEAREST SERENADE
(uncredited)
Written by Stanley Jay Gelber
Performed by Elvis Presley
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You guys are going a little overboard!!
29 July 2006 | by (Dewey, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

You guys are going a little overboard with your harsh criticisms! OK, so you say the plot is very predictable……….can you name off every movie that's not predictable and maybe list over one percent of every movie ever made??? To verbusen: "The times left Elvis behind with the British invasion already 2 years in the go" Yeh, and it was 2 years after this that Elvis came back and killed everyone once again with number singles left and right, right in the middle your British invasion. Yes, the movie had cheap outfits and props and many actions sequence/effects were not so great, but it was 1968 people!!! I'm not exactly watching a lot of 1968 movies that have 3d and cg effects blowing me away here. And to the other people saying it had typical "Elvis music". You must mean some of his filler songs for his movies because if you mean typical as in elvis's music in general you have another thing coming with 30 number 1s and over 1.2 billion records sold!!! Look people it's very simple, Elvis and the people making were not making this movie with the expression "ok, this is our talents at their best and this is the max of our acting, writing and directing skills". Yes, even in those days and for thousands of years before movies the main thing is MONEY!! The people making the film simply said "This is not our best by any means; we are so better than this, but since Elvis is in it people will buy it regardless so lets make it cheap and quick because were getting the money anyways" They had the "spit it out" attitude which is what they did so they could move on to the next project and do the same thing to get their money! You can't have the attitude, "man these people suck!!" They knew it sucked when they made it, they simply didn't care because they knew the same people who said it sucked while leaving the theater would have just payed to see it. And what do ya know…….they were right. The movie made double it's money!! Elvis doesn't suck, non of those people sucked, they just didn't care!


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