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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

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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)
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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Brings the Big Beat to Baghdad in a riotous rockin' rollin' adventure spoof. See more »

Genres:

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)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the second collaboration between Elvis Presley and director Gene Nelson. They had previously worked together on Kissin' Cousins (1964). 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'm inclined to believe you.
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Girls: Sophia's Wedding: Part 1 (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

SHAKE THAT TAMBOURINE
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Its music will win you over
16 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harum Scarum may not be Elvis's best movie, yet this Elvis movie is very much worth watching because it is a good movie. But more importantly the movies soundtrack is definitely the greatest album ever recorded, and its percussions are still being felt at the present time. For some reason they failed to play "Wisdom Of The Ages" in this Elvis movie and that is so wrong, because if there is one song from the 1960s that represents the 1960s rock & roll sound, its Elvis's song "Wisdom Of The Ages". Elvis's Harum Scarum soundtrack Middle Eastern infusion changed the world of rock & roll forever, and placed Elvis and his band, among the greatest of rock & roll teachers, who include John Lee Hooker and the most important Howlin Wolf. Yes, the Elvis movie Harum Scarum is worth buying to watch and so is that movies soundtrack.


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