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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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Taglines:

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

Costumes were from Kismet (1944) and Elvis Presley's knife was from Lady of the Tropics (1939). 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: [Referring to the children that Sinan threatens to kill if Johnny does not assassinate the King] How can I be sure they won't be harmed?
Aishah: Assassinate King Toranshah and you have Sinan's promise that no harm will come to them. In over one thousand years, no leader of the assassins 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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Connections

Referenced in Into the Night (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

ANIMAL INSTINCT
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Not bad, despite the hokum **
17 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It's very easy to dismiss an Elvis flick with a goofy title like HARUM SCARUM just by hearing it. But I was actually rather surprised by this colorful and unconventional Presley romp. It turned out pretty good for a Presley knock-off, despite the hokum.

Taking Elvis into the odd world of the Middle East is in itself a fresh change of space considering the formulaic nature of his films. It's not high art by any stretch of the imagination, but it's fun. And leading ladies Mary Ann Mobley and Fran Jeffries are gorgeous to behold.

None of the songs are very strong, but there are plenty of them to go around this time.


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